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Merz sees citizen money as a “step” towards an unconditional basic income

CDU leader Friedrich Merz has renewed his criticism of the federal government's planned citizens' allowance.

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Merz sees citizen money as a “step” towards an unconditional basic income

CDU leader Friedrich Merz has renewed his criticism of the federal government's planned citizens' allowance. He also sees the regulation as a possible next step towards an unconditional basic income, which his party vehemently rejects.

"Do we really have to further expand a transfer system and give even more incentives not to return to the job market so quickly?" asked Merz on Tuesday in Berlin at the industry day of the Dehoga restaurant association.

Together with the basic security for older people and basic child security, which he expects for the coming year, "there will not be many in this society who cannot fall back on any social transfer system," said Merz.

Unconditional basic income means a concept in which every citizen receives an amount from the state without consideration. Depending on the exact model, these payments are counter-financed by eliminating other state benefits, for example. A basic income is not mentioned in the coalition agreement of the traffic light government.

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) emphasized at the same event that two thirds of the long-term unemployed have not completed vocational training. The previous Hartz IV system does not ensure that people catch up on school and professional qualifications.

“We might get many people who don’t have any professional training into an unskilled job. The job center will see you again in a few months. That's not sustainable labor market integration," said Heil. Germany must become a country of further education and a country of immigration.

The citizen's income planned for January 1 is to replace the previous Hartz IV basic security. The aim is to put those affected in a position to be able to concentrate more on further training and looking for work. They should be put under less pressure by the job center. Union politicians complain that there are no incentives to start working again.

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