Welcome to Round 1 of the Future of Europe E-Debate Competition!
The topic for the 1st debate is:
The President of the European Council should be elected by EU citizens.
In this debate TeamBG3 (Affirmative) will face Team EngagEU 2 (negative).
The 1st debater of the affirmative team has 24 hours to post the 1st speech of the debate. Even if the speech is posted before the 24 hours expire, the 1st negative speakers’ 24 hours of preparation time will begin when the initial time expires.
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Good luck to all teams!
I thank both teams for this debate.
For this match, the winning team was that of opposition, Team EngagEU 2.
The main reason for this is quite simple, the proposition team provides a lot of context and talks about the position of European Council President, as well as the EU, at length. But ultimately they fail to provide enough reasons for how and why this change would be beneficial. How will this improve the democratic process within the EU? How “would better the democracy within the Union?”
In contrast, opposition provides several well-reasoned arguments, sometimes a bit simple or lacking in examples, but it was quite easy to see potential downsides of this measure. There was a distinction made for who and what the European Council should represent, and why turning this role into a “voice” for the people might cause a “conflict of interest” (some specific examples of what that could mean in practice would have been useful). They argue also that the current process provides enough representation of the people of the EU, as well as the potential to slow down the decision making process. Further arguments are brought up by the 2nd speaker, who talks about accountability and how the president is not actually solely accountable for the Council actions, as well as the threats of populism and euroscepticism.
Taking into account the variety and depth of arguments presented by the opposition, in contrast to proposition arguments, it is my opinion that Team EngagEU 2 is the winner.
1st Affirmative: 11 (Content: 4; Style: 4; Strategy: 3)
2nd Affirmative: 10 (Content: 3; Style: 4; Strategy: 3)
1st Negative: 20 (Content: 8; Style: 6; Strategy: 6)
2nd Negative: 20 (Content: 8; Style: 6; Strategy: 6)