Background is a change made in 1995, relatively large increase in the group consisting of diets and costs are parliamentary allowance of the German Bundestag . Because a large part of the population considered the salaries to be high enough even before the increase, and the parliamentarians can set their salaries by law themselves and without the involvement of other bodies, this project met with criticism . It was also criticized that the opposition party SPD , which was otherwise rather negative to the government plans , voted with the government coalition on this decision .
A large number of the bad word of the year suggestions related to this diet increase. Terms such as “diets” and “diet increase” were rejected because the terms were linguistically correct. The term “diet adjustment” is, however, a “trivializing description”, since “adjustment” is understood to be a naturally necessary change. However, this is not the case here. With the choice of words, the "negative impression" of the diet increase should be "downplayed".
Critics of this bad word of the year vote pointed out that
- the MPs' diets grew less than the income of the employees and due to the many zero rounds in advance
- the law on members of parliament provides for the remuneration of federal judges in grade R7 as a guideline for the amount of the diets and the Bundestag has only made an adjustment to the increase in this remuneration.