The CDRSEE’s first foray into the world of competition debating was very successful, with participants from around the world who took part in the Thessaloniki Open 2014 European Debating Tournament praising the result.
Under the auspices of the European Youth Capital 2014, our hometown of Thessaloniki, the CDRSEE along with the Association for Democracy in the Balkans, the Debating Society of Greece and the Thessaloniki Debate Club, planned, organised and carried out an international debating tournament that brought together 35 teams from 15 countries.
The overall theme of the debate centered on the “Economic Crisis”, and different aspects of the theme were discussed and argued over the weekend of Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. The final round motion dealt specifically with “Youth Unemployment”.
The competition was carried out in British Parliamentary style. The international judges panel included not only esteemed judges but also champions of international debating tournaments.
Each team participated in five preliminary rounds, and the top teams proceeded to the semifinals. The top four teams then went on to the final round, which was held Sunday morning, Nov. 2, 2014, at the Alexandros Cultural Center in Thessaloniki. The final competition was open to the public and drew a full house.
The winners of the tournament were Helena Ivanov and Michael Shapira, who were consistently persuasive and passionate about the positions assigned to them to support.
The Thessaloniki Open was made possible by the contributions of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Erste Foundation, the European Youth Capital 2013 and DEI College of Thessaloniki.
Other sponsors of the tournament include Green Cola Company, Red Bull, Starbucks Coffee Co., Tsantali Vineyards and Wineries, Nera Kritis, Savvikos Restaurant, Haitoglou Bros S.A. Packaged Foods and Gatidis Fresh Bakery Patisserie.