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German pirates entered Saarland federal state parliament

The Pirate Party in Germany achieved another success. It gained 7.4 percent in their first participation in the Saarland state election on March 25, 2012 and entered the federal state parliament thus. The German Pirate Party has become known for its support of an unconditional basic income as solution for the heavily criticized existing German social system. More information about

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Finland: launch of a basic income citizens' initiative

Finland’s basic income network has just launched a campaign for a citizens’ initiative for a universal basic income on March 28th, 2012, in Helsinki. The Citizens’ Initiative Act came into force in Finland at the beginning of March 2012, but since appropriate online service for collecting signatures is still missing, only preliminary supporters are being gathered. Citizens’ initiatives can be

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NEW ZEALAND: Treasury produces a report on “a Guaranteed Minimum Income”

The Welfare Working Group requested Treasury to model a specific Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) scheme for New Zealand. As a result Treasury published an assessment for a universal and unconditional payment of $300 per week to all individuals aged 16 years and over, extra to those families with children. Treasury concludes that tax and equity implications of a New Zealand-specific

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UNITED KINGDOM: Citizens Income Trust offers bursaries for attendees of the BIEN Congress in Munich

Accoring to the Citizen’s Income Newsletter, the Citizen’s Income Trust is offering up to three bursaries of £500 each to Congress participants who live in the United Kingdom and/or are staff members or students at UK universities, to enable them to give papers at the Congress. The bursaries will be awarded to those whose papers have been accepted for presentation

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UNITED STATES: Socialist Part, USA Candidate Alexander Calls for a Basic Income Guaranteed (BIG)

Stewart Alexander, the nominee of the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA) for President of the United States, is calling for a Basic Income Guaranteed (BIG) for everyone 20 years of age and over. He supports a BIG that will help meet the basic needs of the unemployed, the poor, the elderly, college students, the homeless, the basic needs of veterans, single

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UNITED KINGDOM: Citizen’s Income Trust Quoted in the Huffington-Post

An article by Mike Morgan-Giles that appeared in the Huffington Post on February 13 quotes form the Citizen’s Income Trust. On a list of 10 proposals the British opposition Labour Party should put into a credible alternative budget, Mogan-Giles writes: “3. Putting more money in people’s pockets: The Citizen’s Income Trust advocates paying everyone an unconditional ‘Citizens Income’, which would

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SWITZERLAND: Petition Drive For A Referendum On A Basic Income

On April 21st, 2012 Switzerland is starting a petition for a referendum on a basic income with a big party in Zurich. The referendum would establish the following principles in the constitution: the confederation installs a basic income the basic income allows the whole population a dignified life and full participation the law lays down funding and amount of the

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Germany: Film project – The BIG Change

Unconditional Basic Income and Real Democracy lay the foundation for a society, in which we will live together in a free and creative way. The exceptional film project THE BIG CHANGE focuses on the spirit of the times producing an exciting political thriller. Designed as a non-profit-project, the future audience participates in the feature film, is a substantial part of

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