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Miko from Berlin may only be 5 years old, but he already has 1,000 euros ($1,063) per month to live on – not from hard graft, but as part of an experiment into universal basic income. He is one of 85 people, including around 10 children, chosen by startup Mein Grundeinkommen (My Basic Income) to receive the payments for a year since 2014 .Founder Michael Bohmeyer has set out to prove to a skeptical public in Germany and further afield that the universal basic income idea is workable.Bohmeyer's experiment has fascinated social media and boosted discussion about a universal income in Germany. At the same time, Finland is testing the idea with 2,000 homeless recipients, and the idea is a flagship policy for French Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon.Supporters have formed a campaign group called "Buendnis Grundeinkommen" (Basic income federation) with their sights on September's legislative elections, but so far no major party has taken up the cause.
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