What a year! The Arab Spring, Germany's rejection of nuclear energy, the crisis in the Eurozone, a plagiarism scandal. As the year winds down, our staff sits down to discuss their "words of the year", humble attempts to put twelve months worth of politics into a few letters.
We're tip-toeing into the abyss of mounting debt, economic stagnation and eroding confidence. But instead of questioning the decisions of banks and governments, we freeze in fear: "The Market" has struck again!
The morning after is always tough. It's hard to remember what happened at the party, but the creeping feeling of guilt lingers. Blackouts are the opposite of responsible behavior - yet they have become a standard part of the toolkit of politics.
"Sinner states" - countries that have failed to adhere to the rules of fiscal austerity are often branded as deviant outcasts. Even in the 21st century, the European media is relying on biblical rules of right and wrong to make sense of the continent's debt crisis.