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Belgium: Young Greens support EU basic income

On May 25th, 2014, regional, federal and European elections will be held in Belgium. Within the framework of its electoral campaign, the youth section of the Flemish Green Party (Jong Groen) defends 5 key proposals. Among them is the introduction of a Europe-wide basic income: “every European should receive an unconditional monthly payment that shall help him/her to lead a

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BELGIUM: Pirate Party endorses basic income

Following the lead of Pirate Parties in other countries, the Belgian Pirate Party has endorsed a basic income of 1,500 Euros per month. Pirate parties support civil rights, direct democracy, and participation in government. Their name derives from their support of the reform of copyright and patent law, free sharing of knowledge (open content), information privacy, transparency, freedom of information

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Tanja Milevska, “Van Parijs: An unconditional basic income in Europe will help end the crisis [Interview].”

SUMMARY: Philippe Van Parijs is a Belgian philosopher and professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). He talked to EurActiv’s Tanja Milevska. In this interview given after the conference on the “Unconditional Basic Income” (UBI) organised in the European Economic and Social Committee, Van Parijs argued that the EU should put in place such a basic income for all

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Basic income makes the headlines in Belgium

On October 25, 2013, basic income made the front page of the Flemish left-of-centre daily De Morgen. The article referred to a new book authored by Peter De Keyzer, a chief economist at the bank BNP Paribas Fortis in Brussels. In his book, entitled “Growth makes happy”, De Keyzer advocates the implementation of a substantial basic income of EUR1,000 per

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Philippe Van Parijs defends basic income on Belgian TV

On Tuesday 15 October 2013, Philippe Van Parijs (Louvain University) took part in a popular TV show on Belgium French-speaking TV channel RTBf. He had no more than 3 minutes to argue in favour of basic income, and reply to various questions about its feasibility. In his introduction to the debate, the front person refered to the Swiss initiative on

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Francine Mestrum, "Basic income: a solution?"

In this opinion piece (in Dutch) published on 27 August 2013 by www.dewereldmorgen.be, Francine Mestrum (a lecturer in social sciences in Antwerp, Belgium) scrutinizes the pros and cons of a basic income. In the end, she remains quite skeptical, as she stresses the fact that some basic income supporters are neoliberals opposing labour unions. She is aware of the fact

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Belgium: basic income at the heart of new political project?

In a recent interview (published by the daily De Morgen, 7 September 2013), one of Belgium’s most prominent policy analysts, Professor Carl Devos (Ghent University), argues that Flanders needs a “new left alternative” under the form of a “big leftist party”. Today, several parties such as the Green Party (Groen!), the Socialist Party (sp.a), and the smaller Worker’s Party (Pvda),

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