“asylum tourism”, “bird shit” or a different term? The “word of the year” is today (10.00 PM) in Darmstadt, Germany, known.

For the year 2018 were critical judges received about 900 submissions with more than 500 proposals, such as the jury’s spokesperson Prof. Nina Janich informed of the Technical University of Darmstadt.

“word of the year” honors by the Jury since 1991, each year, a term that would, from their perspective, against the “principle of the people” or against the “principles of democracy” is a violation, because he kidney social groups discrimination or euphemistic, deceptive, or even misleading. For 2016, the choice fell on “people’s traitors”, 2017 was the non-word “Alternative facts”.

About 900 submissions were up until the deadline on December 31. December received, informed the jury spokeswoman Janich. The were less than usual. Since the mid-1990s, more than 1000 submissions have been counted, in some years even more than in 2000.

Among the most frequent submissions to the CSU politician Markus Söder used the term “asylum tourism”, as well as by the AfD-Chairman Alexander Gauland used “bird shit this time”. At the Federal Congress of the AfD-young organization Gauland had said: “Hitler and the Nazis are just a bird shit in over 1000 successful years of German history.” However, the frequency of a proposal plays for the decision of the Jury has no role. The sentence came after a commitment by Gauland the responsibility of the Germans for national socialism, with millions of murdered Jews and millions of war dead.

Other non-word proposals of the CSU land group chief Alexander Dobrindt used term “Anti-deportation industry” or the term “blood exchange” is meant a rejuvenation of personnel.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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