Susanne Wiest

Susanne Wiest (born 16 January 1967) is an activist for the unconditional basic income who lives in Greifswald , Germany. [1]

A childcare worker, Susanne Wiest is known in Germany for having launched a petition to the German Parliament [2] asking for the implementation of a basic income of 1,000 Euros a month. The petition went so viral that it did not receive more than 52,000 signatures of support, but the hosting services were overloaded in the last days of the collection, [3] forcing the Bundestag to extend the duration of the petition for one week. [4]

The petition then was accepted and Susanne Wiest was invited for a hearing at the Bundestag’s Commission of Petitions. The hearing took place on 8 November 2010 [5] following which has been featured in the German media. In June 2013, the petition was finally closed by the Parliament, [6] thus depriving the supporters of the basic income of any parliamentary debate on the issue.

Susanne Wiest ran in the legislative elections in 2009 as a free candidate. She received 1.2% of the votes cast. Since December 2012, she has been a member of the Pirate Party of Germany. Since 2017 Susanne Wiest is chairman of the German party Bündnis Grundeinkommen (Basic Income League) [7] , which founded in September 2016 and was awarded to the German Federal Election 2017 and reached 0.2% of the votes.

External links

  • Susanne Wiest’s blog
  • video of Susanne Wiest’s audience at the Bundestag (with French captions)
  • Bündnis Grundeinkommen


  1. Jump up^ Universal income: the first positive idea of ​​the 21st century,Mona Chollet, December 2010
  2. Jump up^ Reformvorschläge in der Sozialversicherung – Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen vom 10 Dezember 2008; retrieved, 18 February 2009
  3. Jump up^ Blickpunkt Bundestag: Ein Einkommen zum Auskommen
  4. Jump up^ Wikinews: Petition for Grundeinkommen legt Bundestagsserver lahm
  5. Jump up^
  6. Jump up^ 30 seconds to finish basic income,Basic Income News
  7. Jump up^ Bündnis, 2017