:bsz-international: Comment about the non-word of the year 2017
What we say and how we say it: Words have their own power and that which we give them.

The non-word of the year 2016 (Unwort des Jahres) is “Volksverräter” – betrayer of the people. A good  choice? 

“Tradition can become an oppressive burden”
Karl Liebknecht: Last revolutionary tradionalist standing.

When the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) almost unanimously supported the granting of war credits on December 2, 1914, it had already come a long way. The party initially had an anti-establishment stance but soon made its peace with the society of Imperial Germany.

:bsz-International: Post-Brexit vote: UK government faces unprecedented challenges

Since the referendum on EU membership on June 23, the UK government has not undertaken any significant steps towards an exit from the Common Market. This is unsettling for the economy and the country as a whole. Prime Minister Theresa May hesitates to take steps towards the Brexit due to unique and unprecedented challenges.

Satire: Draft of Trump’s inaugural address discovered!
“Now the trumpet summons us again – You and I have a rendezvous with destiny”: If you vote for Trump, he promises that he’s “never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down”. Karikatur: DonkeyHotey, CC-BY-SA-2.0, Bearbeitung: lux

The scandal continues: After Melania Trump apparently plagiarizing Michelle Obama in her speech last week, the real writer has come forward. Ghost writer Rick Roll claims that (in light of recent events and after an overthrow with the Trump family) he’d rather go public himself than “being dragged kicking and screaming into the limelight.” The grad student (English Literature) makes a living selling speeches to politicians and their families. In an exclusive interview, he has shown us some of his work. The :bsz procured exclusive rights to a particularly juicy piece – an early draft for Donald Trump’s inaugural address as President of the United States.

Why Germany needs to reform the law governing sexual offences
No means no: Verbal rejection should be as good as a physical barrier. Foto & Bearbeitung: lux

“She was asking for it. Her mouth said ‘no’ but her eyes said ‘take me now’ – so I did. It’s not as if she put up a fight …” And if the lady in question didn’t resist physically – because she was intimidated by the guy’s strength or simply froze – it’s technically not a sexual assault. Welcome to the German law governing sexual offences!