Word of the year 2017

Emma Beswick takes a tour of the Euronews newsroom
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Can you sum up the year with one word? We asked our viewers in every language of Euronews what their's would be

We asked our audiences in 12 languages on Facebook what they thought had been the defining word for them of 2017. Here's what they came up with:



Incêndios - Fires

Portugal had a horrendous year with forest fires. The total area burnt was over 400 thousand hectares and more than 100 people died as a result of them.


Cataluña - Catalonia

Related to the political crisis in Catalonia. Our followers often proposed 'Brexit', referendum or independence... We ended up choosing the word we've been using the most. Also reflected on Google Trends searches.


Incertitude - uncertainty

Everyone seems unsure of what will happen tomorrow across the country and the news agenda has become quite unpredictable over the past 12 months.


Ius soli - Birthright citizenship

Leftwing Italian MPs are pushing for automatic nationality rights for those born in the country, but rightwing politicians are strongly against it. It's one of the most important civil battles going on in Italy right now as the country heads towards new elections


Jamaika - Jamaica

The name of the coalition that did not happen in Germany (Jamaican flag is black, yellow, green - the colors of the parties that were involved in preliminary coalition talks that ended very suddenly).


Covfefe - Covfefe

Trump's mistake on Twitter which should have read 'coverage', but caused a media storm.


صلح - peace

A word that came up on our Facebook page as word of the year by our followers, something that people long for across this region of the world.


محمد بن سلمان - Mohammed Bin Salman - Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

Often seen as the main policy shaper, he polarises opinion and sits at the centre of much of the tensions across the region.


Вы держитесь - Hold on

It was a phrase said by the Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev: "There is no money, but hold on" ("Денег нет, но вы держитесь"). It was a response given to a woman asking about her pension in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, which was seized by Russia in 2014.



Mülteci - Refugee

Refugees coming into Europe from Syria have had a big effect on Turkey as they attempt to flee their country to safety.


Soros-terv - Soros plan

The Hungarian government claims that European institutions are following a plan on immigration made by George Soros (Hungarian-American businessman and philanthropist).

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