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Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 is more political than ever

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The 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair was one that emphasized human rights, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Still, one could also claim that the event does so every year.

In 2015, the fair reacted directly to Merkel's "We can do it" migration policy. Authors and publishers showed their enthusiastic solidarity with the refugees who had arrived that year.

The 2016 event was filled with indignation over the suppression of freedom of expression in Turkey. Discussions focused on how people wrote and read under dictatorships and in while living in exile.

The following year was loud and lively, introduced by French President Emmanuel Macron's rousing pro-European speech alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 2017 was also the year of protests and frictions between activists and far-right publishers.


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