Round

Round 1 – A European Union Army

Welcome to Round 1 of YouthVote2019 Online Debates!

The topic for the 1st debate is:

The EU should develop its own army and military command in order to be able to defend itself, independently of, or in coordination with, NATO.

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.

Before posting please consult the Online Debate Guide.

Good luck to all teams!

M1-R1 Winner: Young Leaders
I thank both teams for this debate. I’d like to say before-hand regarding speeches that did not respect the character limit communicated in the Online Debate Guide and that posted speeches waaay over said character limit received a 1 (out of 9) in the strategy category. The reasoning is simple, a debater has to be…
M2-R1 Winner: The Balkan Girls
I thank both teams for this debate. I’d like to say before-hand regarding speeches that did not respect the character limit communicated in the Online Debate Guide and that posted speeches waaay over said character limit received a 1 or 2 (out of 9) in the strategy category, depending on how much the limit was…
I thank both teams for this debate. I’d like to say before-hand regarding speeches that did not respect the character limit communicated in the Online Debate Guide and that posted speeches waaay over said character limit received a 1 (out of 9) in the strategy category. The reasoning is simple, a debater has to be…
M4-R1 Winner: Right Now For the EU
I thank both teams for this debate. I found that both teams brought a lot of interesting ideas to this debate, but few of them were developed to their full potential throughout the debate. I would suggest that maybe prioritizing the most impactful arguments, developing those, and trimming away some of the less contentious material…
M5-R1 Winner: Olympians
I thank both teams for this debate. This was an interesting match and I found that both team brought compelling ideas to the debate, but on the whole I found team opposition, the Olympians to be a little more convincing. The main issue I think was that some of the good ideas were not fully…
M6-R1 Winner: Team Europe
Because the opposition team did not post their speech in the allotted time, this match is won by the affirmative team by default. Though I cannot provide a decision and justification for this match, I will try to provide some feedback. There are a couple of ideas present in your speeches, the unpredictability of the…
M7-R1 Winner: Mary Squared
I thank both teams for this debate. I’d like to say before-hand regarding speeches that did not respect the character limit communicated in the Online Debate Guide and that posted speeches waaay over said character limit received a 1 (out of 9) in the strategy category. The reasoning is simple, a debater has to be…
M8-R1 Winner: Freedom Writers
I thank both teams for this debate. This was a somewhat tricky debate to adjudicate and quite close in some aspects, but I ultimately gave the win to the negative team: Freedom Writers. The main point that decided this debate for me was the potential “need” for such an army. First affirmative speaker talks about…
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