Tag Archives: Germany

GERMANY: Basic Income Network obtains 50,000 Facebook followers (CORRECTION)

Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen, a Facebook page in German, obtained its 50,000th follower in the summer of 2011. The page was created by Daniel Häni and Benjamin Hohlmann in Basel, Switzerland. The popularity of this site is just a small sign of the extent to which the BIG movement is taking off in German-speaking countries from the grass roots to the highest

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KARL WIDERQUIST TO SPEAK ON BIG IN SEVERAL GERMAN CITIES

Karl Widerquist (visiting associate professor of political philosophy, Georgetown University-Qatar, co-chair, BIEN, and editor, this newsletter) will speak on the Basic Income Guarantee in several Germany cities this fall. The tentative schedule is: September 25. Eichstatt: University of Eichstatt September 26. Treuchtlingen: FH Treuchtlingen September 27. Hamburg: the Hamburg Basic Income Network September 29. Cologne: BI Initiative in cooperation with

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GERMANY: Paid advertisement announces group’s position on Basic Inome

The Initiative New Social Market economy (INSM), “Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft” in German, was founded in the year 2000 by the German employers’ federation “Gesamtmetall” and follows the aim, according to its own statements, to spread its regulatory ideas among decision makers and the public. Its methods is contentious as it maintains close contacts to mass medias and used embedded

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The 14th BIEN Congress to be held Munich, Germany, 14-16 September 2012

In the past months, members of BIEN’s Executive Committee have been meeting with the organizers of the next Congress, first in New York City (at the occasion of North American basic income conference in February 2011), then in Munich (March 16, 2011). The Congress will be held in Ottobrunn (near Munich), Germany, on September 14-16, 2012. A venue in Munich

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GERMANY: Pro-market party calls for basic child income

The pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) of Germany has suggested a basic children’s income to replace all parenting and child payments, according to The Local, and English-language German online newspaper. Sibylle Laurischk, of the FDP, said that with a basic income, every child would be entitled to a definite amount of money: “Parents and above all single parents who don’t

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German Flyers on basic income

All parties represented in German Federal Parliament have been discussing various models of basic income at some point in the past few years. Now two of them, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and Die Linke come along with new flyers by their Basic Income working groops: http://www.strengmann-kuhn.de/wp-content/uploads/grünes_netzwerk_ge.pdf http://www.die-linke-grundeinkommen.de/WordPress/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/FlyerBGE_engl_72dpi.pdf

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BERLIN (DE), May 2011: Strategies towards an alternative society

Academics, activists and practitioners will meet in Berlin in may to work on strategies towards an alternative, ecologically sustainable and socially equitable degrowth society. Not only will a lot of Basic Income supporters take part in the congress, but Netzwerk Grundeinkommen will present workshops as well. Already Barcelona’s 2010 declaration of degrowth dealt with Basic Income. http://www.jenseits-des-wachstums.de/willkommen/?L=2, http://www.degrowth.eu/v1/index.php?id=119

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Pro-BI book becomes best-seller in Germany

1000 Euro for everyone. Freedom. Equality. Basic Income is the title of a new book (€1.000 für Jeden: Freiheit. Gleichheit. Grundeinkommen in the original) by Götz W. Werner and Adrienne Goehler, published in August 2010. According to the Amazon.de website it is currently in place No. 1,563 of all books being sold, but in the category ‘Social Justice’ it is

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GERMANY: Green Party leader proposes Basic Income

The German Government has proposed a modest increase for the means-tested minimum income scheme, in reaction to a recent decision of the Federal Constitutional Court. In a reaction to the government’s plan, Sven Lehmann – chairman of the Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) in the Region of Nordrhein-Westfalen – proposed the introduction of a basic income of 850€, which should replace

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