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Debate@Europe was an educational debate project for young people across Europe. The project enabled young people to debate online and offline on issues regarding Europe.
The project kicked off on 25 March 2012 in six European countries; Macedonia, Estonia, Slovakia, Romania, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Why the need to debate? Because young people are growing up in a chaotic and complex political and economic environment. They often don’t feel involved with or connected to current politics and practices dominated by professionals and/or politicians. Debate gives young people a voice and helps them share thoughts with peers that share their interests.
Debate@Europe ensured informed discussion through offline debates, online debates and an international conference. Besides face to face debates organized in each country, the project was yet more engaging and interesting since it allows young people to debate online with other youth across Europe via idebate.org. An exciting online debate competition started on April 1st and will ran till November 2012. 100 winners from Europe were invited to participate at the final EU conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which saw mixed teams of young Europeans debate with and against each other and European opinion leaders.