European Debating Tournament -- Thessaloniki Open (2014)

Initiating an exciting new arena for young people to debate, discuss and practice public speaking, the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, together with the Association for Democracy in the Balkans, the Debating Society of Greece and Thessaloniki Debate Club, hosted the European debating tournament on October 31st, 2014.

The event,  a formal debate competition, brought together young people from across Europe to engage in  issues of importance to young people today. The tournament was an official event of the Thessaloniki European Youth Capital 2014 programme.

The CDRSEE was honoured to have been selected by our host city to organise this event, through which our core principles of democracy, reconciliation and cooperation through dialogue were reflected and promoted. The tournament brought young people together to exercise free speech, tolerance and the exchange of opinions and also celebrate Thessaloniki’s European Youth Capital.

Following formal debating rules, the tournament was held in the British parliamentary format and awards were given for the best teams and best individual speakers.

Thessaloniki was also the host city for World Universities Debating Championships in 2016.

A video of the event is available to watch at the following link:


  • Emilia Carlqvist (EUDC 2013 ESL champion, EUDC 2015 DCA, EUDC 2016 CA)
  • Harish Natarajan (EUDC 2012 champion, WUDC 2014 CA, EUDC 2016 CA)
  • Manos Moschopoulos (WUDC 2010 best ESL speaker, WUDC 2016 CA)
  • Stefan Siridzanski (EUDC 2014 ESL champion, WUDC 2014 ESL finalist)

Organising team

  • Convenor: Angelos Emmanouilidis
  • Vice-convenor: Antonis Hadjiyannakis
  • Communication & Registration officer: Harry Mystakelis