I’ve never gotten this… if you are going to give people 400 euros a month because they are unemployed, why not give them a job for 400 euros a month doing something semi-useful?
They don’t have to be demeaning jobs, but it would give people something to do and the motivation to go find something better. In addition, if they are doing useful things, they are contributing to the economy and to the country.
It would also challenge the government to be a little bit more creative and figure out something useful that 6 million people could do instead of just sitting on their ass.
The sad thing is that 400 euros for doing nothing is probably better than many of the sub 1000 euro jobs that are available out there, so it’s only logical for people to take the 400 euros and maybe do something off-the-books to get a little extra cash.