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 welfare and unemployment benefits as well as the student loan. Lehmann expects enormous savings (approximately 7 billion) in government spending because of a reduction in administrative costs. A first step to a basic income for all should be a 330€ basic income for children.