In the springtime 2011 Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, started to talk with experts, practitioners, citizens and representatives of the civil society on how to deal with the challenges of the future.
During these meetings several times people wanted to know Merkel’s position on Basic Income. At 8th June 2012 Deutsche Welle, a German media concern, reported in English:
Chancellor Merkel used her answer to make a point against the unconditional basic income that some in Germany have called for. Everyone had to try and live off their work, she said, pointing out that generally, there was a lot of flexibility on today’s job market.
Already on 15th April 2012 the collection and election of topics for another meeting concluded. Among all of the 11,618 suggestions received, about 2 percent (approximately 270) demanded Basic Income in different descriptions. Susanne Wiest, who already submitted in 2009 a petition on Basic Income and who spoke at the German petition committee, also submitted her idea of Basic Income. Her suggestion came among the top-ten.
On 8th June 2012 Susanne Wiest wrote in her blog, that she received a letter from the organisation team who invited her to present on 3rd July 2012 her suggestion directly to Angela Merkel and to talk about it.
Link to the initiative “Dialogue on the Future” (in German): http://www.dialog-ueber-deutschland.de
Link to the article of Deutsche Welle (in English): http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,16007820,00.html
Blog of Susanne Wiest and her post about the invitation (in German): http://grundeinkommenimbundestag.blogspot.de/2012/06/grundeinkommen-im-kanzleramt.html