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At Split Open 2014 Elisabeth Vikydal Unites Gingers of the World

Between August 15 and 17, the weekend preceding the European Universities Debating Championship in Zagreb, Splitska Debatna Unija hosted Split Open 2014. With the presence of the entire Chief Adjudication Team of Vienna EUDC, the tournament naturally focused on being preparatory for the upcoming Championships. Elisabeth Vikydal, the mastermind behind 'debaters gonna debate' joined the tournament in a team with the Aussie-debater Rebecca Irvine. Read what she has to say about that!
Split Open 2014

Split Open 2014

A debate dream come true

Split Open is one of those debating competitions that I’ve been told about over and over again ever since I started debating. Located in an ancient city by the sea, rich in culture – both local and debate oriented – it was a debate dream come true for me to finally make my way to southern Croatia, yet not just as easy as one would imagine.

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Einführungsveranstaltung 8. Oktober 2014 – Alles an Bord!

Flaming hot arguments - Einführungsveranstaltung des DKWien 2014

Flaming hot arguments – Einführungsveranstaltung des DKWien 2014


English version below

Liebe Debattierneugierige!

Wie jedes Jahr im Herbst lädt Euch der Debattierklub Wien sehr herzlich zur Einführungsveranstaltung ein.
Der DKWien ist ein studentischer Verein. Wir begeistern uns für Argumentation und Rhetorik und trainieren diese Fähigkeiten in regelmäßigen Debatten auf Englisch und auf Deutsch. Unsere Mitglieder fahren und fliegen an vielen Wochenenden im Jahr auf internationale Turniere und vernetzen sich dort mit Argumentierbegeisterten aus der ganzen Welt. Mittlerweile zählt der DKWien zu den 100 besten Hochschul-Debattierklubs weltweit und ist bei Turnieren regelmäßig unter den stärksten Klubs. Nächsten Sommer wird der Klub sogar die Ehre haben, die Europameisterschaften mit 700 Gästen aus ganz Europa in Wien auszurichten – Ihr könnt dabeisein!

Wie jedes Jahr suchen wir heuer wieder ehrgeizige Mitglieder, die sich für Argumentation begeistern und auf den Wettkampf in und gegen Teams aus aller Welt freuen. Kommt dazu, lernt besser zu argumentieren und in jeder Situation zu überzeugen!

Was Euch erwartet:
.) Einführung in das Debattieren
.) Showdebatte
.) Anmeldung zu unseren Trainingsgruppen

Datum: Mittwoch, 8. Oktober, 19:00 Uhr, WU Wien TC 4.01 (Rostgebäude – Lageplan)

Sprache der Veranstaltung: Deutsch
Keine Anmeldung notwendig, freier Eintritt.

Wir freuen uns auf Euch!

Debattierklub Wien
Vienna’s International Debating Society

Link zum Facebook-Event DKWien Einführungsveranstaltung

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Heya fellow friends of argumentation!

As we’ve done in the years before, we would really dig if you drop by our introduction session!

Debattierklub Wien is a merry crew of students who are stoked for argumentation and forensics. We train these skills regularly in our German and English debates. Our members fly out a lot – either for attending international tournaments or for visiting the friends they met there. DKWien now even ranks among the world wide top hundred of university debating societies – yaya! In summer, we will have the honour to host 700 students from all over Europe for the European Championship, a massive debating festival – you can be part of it!

As every year we’re scouting for freshers who are as stirred up about arguments as we are. Even more so if they enjoy showing their skills in and against other teams in debates around the planet. Come, join in, become a word pirate who takes great booty from arguments!

What’s waiting for you:
.) Introduction debating
.) A show debate
.) Join up for our training group.

Date: Wednesday, 8 October, 7 p.m., WU Wien, TC 4.01 (Rust building – Map)
The show debate will be held in German. Of course we will answer your questions in English as well!
No registration is necessary, admission is free.

Join the crew!

Debattierklub Wien
Vienna’s International Debating Society

Link to the Facebook event – DKWien Introduction session


DK Wien Rocking BBU Open

BBU Open was *the* prep tournament for all DK Teams for Zagreb Euros. And we must say, the prep was not only good, it was very successful!

Romanian roads included some challenges for the DKWien contingent that arrived in 3 cars.

Romanian roads included some challenges for the DKWien contingent that arrived in 3 cars.

We all went to the land of Dracula (or also, Western Romania) by car – taking shifts, and starting at 2pm at night. Especially team Napoléon had quite an adventurous start. Instead of driving on normal roads, our Navi (which we have abandoned since then) took us right into the Romanian countryside, very hilly, and with just a few farms here and there. We really enjoyed the insight into rural Romanian life and the fact that there was no traffic at all, besides a few cows. They were easy to overtake, though. After 2 hours of driving at about 20mk/h, we eventually found back to a paved road and drove quickly to Cluj.

The BBU tournament, organized by the Babes-Bolyai Debating Society was outstandingly well organized, especially given the fact that this was the first tournament held in Cluj-Napoca ever! Food, socials and accommodation were great, and so were the motions set by Amanda Moorghen, Michael Shapira, Karin Merckens and Calin Muresanu.

DKWien sent a total of 5 teams to BBU, and we have to say all of them did very well, especially so our three Vienna teams that are competing at this year’s Euros in Zagreb. For them, it was the ultimate prep, and it was very successful. Especially Vienna A (Melanie and Stefan) excelled once again, breaking 4th and reaching the Semi finals, in which they had a really good first half against Lund the beards. Vienna A was even filmed in one of the top-rooms, and is now in Romanian television! Have a look here.

Melanie speaking in Semi 1 of BBU Open

Melanie speaking in Semi 1 of BBU Open

Stefan speaking in Semi 1 of BBU Open

Stefan speaking in Semi 1 of BBU Open











Thanks also to the CA team, which provided well thought-through motions, and thanks to BBU for a superb tournament!

See you at Euros!

Have a look at the performance of all DK teams here: BBU Open Tab


Rd 1: This House would ban schools from catering to a specific religion. (such as Catholic schools, Hebrew schools or Muslim schools

Rd 2: THBT Brazilian footballers should have boycotted the entire 2014 World Cup

Rd 3: TH would allow inmates to pay for substantially better prison conditions

Rd 4: THW revoke the citizenship of Western citizens who travell to the Middle East to join Jihadi groups

Rd 5: THBT western European states should adopt the eastern European ban on all Communist symbols

Semi: Assuming the technology to do so safely and easily exist, THW force everyone to undergo periodical sex changes

Final: You are a scientist and found irrefutable evidence that God does not exist. You would destroy all evidence.


The full DKWien contingent at BBU Open

The full DKWien contingent at BBU Open

Vienna Mini 2014 – Celebrating a Season of DKWien Success

It is mini, but beware! This yearly small tournament that DKWien organizes is celebrating a successful year of tournaments and is the starting point for the debating summer!

This year we were very proud to host our Vienna EUDC DCA Emilia Carlqvist. Just before the tournament Debate Connections (Georgiana Mihut and AJ Carver) organised a 2 day workshop beforehand with participants from around the world, which would also join the Mini.

Barbeque at the Danube following the DKWien Australs Night tradition

Barbeque at the Danube following the Mini tradition

The first day of tournament started smoothly with a round of debating on Friday afternoon, and quite a bit of watching the World Cup. As a sizzling BBQ is the heart of each and every Vienna Mini, we went to the Danube Island, started a fire and had a feast together with our participants from the workshop and all DK members. We especially had to celebrate the outstanding success of DK teams Europe-wide, as each and every tournament we attended got us a break to out-rounds this year!

The next day was a bit more intense, with three rounds of debating and a good old final. And guess what, the final consisted only of DK-Teams, what a success!! ;-).

Mark holding his speech in the final

Mark holding his speech in the final

On more serious terms though, Vienna A (Stefan and Melanie) excelled, topping the tab with winning each and every round acquiring 12 points in total, but then had to sidestep, as Vienna B (Mark and Madlen) took the final and won Vienna Mini!



Round 1: Thw require that individuals reveal their identity when communicating on the Internet

Round 2: Thw ban unions and significantly lower labour standards in times of economic crisis

Round 3: Thbt students should be sorted according to their ability from young age

Round 4: TH, as the US, would militarily support the Iraqi army in the fight against ISIS

Final: THW make foreign aid conditional on the adherence to Western values (e.g. rights for homosexuals etc.)

Vienna Mini was good preparation for Euros, thanks to our wonderful CA Emilia!

Dates: July 4-5, 2014

The Wiener takes it (all): Der DKWien auf der DDM 2014 in Berlin

Es ist noch gar nicht so lange her, da waren Teams aus Österreich auf der Deutschsprachigen Meisterschaft (die damals auch noch Deutsche Meisterschaft hieß) vom Break bzw. den Finalrunden ausgeschlossen. Besonders ungerecht, hat das aber niemand empfunden, schließlich „würden die das ja eh nicht schaffen“.

Im Jahr 2014 sieht es dagegen anders aus. Nicht nur entsendeten wir mir 13 Teilnehmern die größte Delegation des Turniers sondern auch eine eine äußerst erfolgreiche.

DDM 2014 Mark

Mark erreichte mit Jakob das Viertelfinale und wurde 8. bester Redner des Turniers.

Mit 13 Teampunkten breakten Jakob und Mark ins Viertelfinale und wurden in die Eröffnende Regierung gelost. Natürlich sollte auch erwähnt werden, dass sich das Team den Preis für den besten Teamnamen „The Wiener takes it all“ sicherte. Mark wurde zudem 8.bester Redner des Turniers und markierte somit das erste Mal, das sein österreichischer Debattant die Top 10 einer DDM erreicht.

Nach einem spannenden und hart umkämpften Viertelfinale, mussten sich die beiden aber in einer Split-decision (Entscheidung nach Abstimmung) dem späteren Turniersieger geschlagen geben.

DDM 2014 Andreas

Andreas Villarreal redet im DaF-Finale und holt den Titel.

Die Erfolgsstory endete hier jedoch noch nicht, da sich Andreas für das Finale in der Kategorie Deutsch als Fremdsprache qualifiziert hatte. Da Andreas Teampartner Christoph Muttersprachler ist, wurde er für die Debatte Nicolas Hernandez zugeteilt, der für Müster angetreten und in der gleichen Situation war.

In einer interessanten Debatte zum Thema „DHG, dass es für Deutschland an der Zeit ist, mehr militärische Verantwortung in der Welt zu übernehmen“ konnten sich das Mixed Team aus der schließenden Regierung gegen Teams aus Westminster, Slowenien und Bonapart (Amsterdam) durchsetzen und holte den ersten DaF-Titel des deutschsprachigen Debattiersports nach Wien.

An dieser Stelle müssen wir uns erst einmal für ein in jeder Hinsicht professionell organisierte Turnier bedanken. Man merkte bereits vor dem Turnier, dass die Berliner sich bei der Organisation extrem viel Mühe gegeben hatten und nichts dem Zufall überlassen wollten. So gab es z.B. einen Online-Jurorentest, wie man ihn sonst nur von Welt- und Europameisterschaften kennt, um die Jurier Qualität zu sichern und eine fairere Bewertung von Juroren zu ermöglichen. In mehreren Vorbereitungsseminaren für Redner und Juroren, konnte man sich ideal auf das Turnier einstimmen. Das Chefjuroren-Team aus Andrea Gau, Dessislava Kirova und Michael Saliba stellte abwechslungsreiche und ausgeglichene Themen, die viel Anklang bei den Teilnehmern fanden. Zwischen den Runden gab es Kaffee und Snacks sowie die Möglichkeit, sich in einem Ruheraum zu entspannen.

DDM 2014 Madlen Katharina

Madlen und Katharina feiern auf der 20er Jahre Party.

Auch abseits des Turniergeschehens bot die DDM in Berlin ein großartiges Rahmenprogramm. Am Freitagabend fand ein Pub-Quiz statt und am Samstagabend eine 20er Jahre Party, bei der sich die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer mit Kostümen gegenseitig übertrumpften. Der DDG-Galaabend fand im Umspannwerk Ost statt und begeisterte mit tollem Essen und ausgelassener Stimmung. Wie immer wurde auch der DDG-Nachwuchspreis verleihen, diesmal an Jan Ehlert aus Tübingen. Das Finale fand schließlich vor beeindruckender Kulisse im Allianz Forum direkt neben dem Brandenburger Tor statt. Glückwunsch an die neuen deutschen Meister Christina Dexel und Philip Schröder aus Berlin, die sich den Traum vom Heimsieg erfüllen konnten.


Alle Themen im Überblick:

VR1: Dieses Haus würde das Gesinnungsstrafrecht abschaffen.

VR2: Dieses Haus würde Bürgern das Recht geben, ohne Begründung ihre Identität zu ändern.

VR3: Dieses Haus glaubt, dass Verhalten Putins in der Krimkrise war in Russlands strategischem Interesse.

VR4: Dieses Haus ist ein Bürger einer westlichen, liberalen Demokratie. Dieser lehnt Diskriminierung anhand von Religion, Geschlecht, sexuellen Präferenzen und Ethnie ab. Dieses Haus, als diese Person, würde die Werke von Künstlern (z.B. Malern, Musikern, Regisseuren), die persönlich solche diskriminierenden Positionen vertreten, boykottieren, auch wenn ihr das Werk gefallen.

VR5: Dieses Haus bereut die zunehmende Einordnung menschlichen Verhaltens in Krankheitsbilder.

VR6: Dieses Haus würde es zu einem Teil von Aufklärungskampagnen über Vergewaltigung und sexuelle Übergriffe machen, Frauen über Risikoverhalten (z.B. Alkoholkonsum, Kleidung) zu informieren.

VR7: Dieses Haus als Europäische Union würde Abwehrmechanismen gegen EU-feindliche Parteien einführen.

VF: Dieses Haus glaubt, liberale Demokratien sollten Informations-Weitergabe an die Weltöffentlichkeit nicht als Landesverrat bewerten.

HF: Dieses Haus würde ehemalige Kolonien, die sich zu “Failed States” entwickelt haben, zwischenzeitlich rekolonialisieren.

F: Dieses Haus glaubt, dass die Political Correctness der heutigen Gesellschaft mehr schadet als nutzt.

DaF-F: Dieses Haus glaubt, dass es für Deutschland an der Zeit ist, mehr militärische Verantwortung in der Welt zu übernehmen.

DDM 2014 contingent

Leider haben wir es nicht geschafft, alle 13 DKler für ein Foto zusammenzutrommeln. Hier der noch nicht abgereiste Rest unserer Delegation nach dem Finale im Allianz Forum.


From a Fresh Perspective: Paris Open 2014

The Contingent of Viennoiseries to paris Open 2014 (from left to right: Stefan Zweiker, Katja Schager, Anne-Claire Sanna, Elisabeth Vikydal, Regina Puthenpurayil, Ingo bandhauer, Yasmin Fareed, Gwen Eberhard, Miri Muntean, Madlen Stottmeyer)

The Contingent of Viennoiseries for Paris Open 2014 (from left to right: Stefan Zweiker, Katja Schager, Anne-Claire Sanna, Elisabeth Vikydal, Regina Puthenpurayil, Ingo bandhauer, Yasmin Fareed, Gwen Eberhard, Miri Muntean, Madlen Stottmeyer)

For many DKWien debaters, going to Paris Open is a set date, every year. For Gwen Eberhard though, it was the very first time that she went on an international tournament with DKWien. The first international tournament can seem daunting to many freshers – but Gwen managed both, to have great results for her ever first competition and to also have a whole lot of fun. Read on to find out more about her experiences at Paris Open 2014.  

My first tournament plus a visit to Paris for the weekend was a great combination. This amazing (and also exhausting) experience started on Friday 25th of April. I arrived with the train and was welcomed to a rainy Paris full of grumpy looking people. Having arriving early and with enough time before the official tournament start, Stefan, Anne- Claire and myself made our way into the city center to explore Paris for a while. Almost on time, the first round started with an interesting motion about the immorality of donating to animal charities if there are still charities aiming at alleviating human suffering. I was so excited that my hands were shaking a little. Nevertheless I spoke seven minutes straight and was the happiest person for the whole weekend. However, we lost the first round, and then the second as well.

As important as Paris Open was the way there and back by car. This crew took the fast way through Germany.

As important as Paris Open was the way there and back by car. This crew took the fast way through Germany.

Fortunately a bottle of red wine was served per room and round and helped us get through this disappointing outcome. The social started very late, the rounds seemed like a never ending story. ParisTec is located at the 13th arrondissement, an old working class district with charming street art on the walls of paved alleys. We all met at a nice bar, had a few drinks (some more, some less) and had good conversations with fellow debaters. However I went home quite early, as I was pretty tired and had to survive another three rounds the next day.

The next morning rounds started early at 8 am, and everyone was short of sleep. Luckily the place we stayed was just a few blocks away. Breakfast helped a little, and then everyone was motivated to start the rounds. This time we were prepared a lot better. I have to apologize to Jakob here, because I didn’t believe him when he told me about the massive improvement of debating skills during the course of a tournament. I felt much more confident; I structured my speech more efficiently and concentrated on the important aspects of the debates. We got second, then another second and lastly a third place.

After a super fancy dinner with finger foods (almost too beautiful to eat) and a thrilling final at 12pm (!!), the last social started. Everybody was in a good mood, dancing to weird techno music, drinking and having a terrific time with new and old friends. I was having mixed feelings about my time in Paris. I was relieved that I could just go home and sleep for three days straight, but sad that it was all over too. My score must seem like a poor result for lots of people but I was just so proud and happy, happy that I managed everything, especially speaking for 7 minutes, each and every time. I am happy to have met very nice and interesting people from all over Europe. People are so hooked on debating, even more than I am. A lot of them were really experienced and answered hundreds of my questions patiently.

Debating was extremely exhausting, one round after the other, but I could already see the work paying off. Going to tournaments is mostly fun and I had plenty of it. I am very grateful I could go to Paris and have so much fun with Katja, Stefan, Regina, Yasmin, Anne Claire, Miri, Eli, Ingo and Madlen. It’s amazing how much time and effort everyone at DKWien puts in organizing tournaments in Vienna and going to tournaments elsewhere. It’s great to be part of DKWien and I honestly think the world were a better place if everybody would debate. Thanks for everything – and especially to Katja, we were a great team!


The other car went a lazier track that even included Switzerland, here they are seizing their stopover in Strasbourg.

The other car followed a lazier route that even included Switzerland, here they are seizing their stopover in Strasbourg.

The author, Gwendolin Eberhard, joined DKWien in late 2013. Paris Open was her first tournament.


  • R1: THBT it is immoral to donate to animal welfare charities while there are charities which aim to alleviate human suffering still in need
  • R2: THW guarantee military veterans jobs for life (through civilian state sector employment or/and state subsidy of private sector employment)
  • R3: INFO SLIDE: The Diamond Club is a dating website which aims to pair male millionaires with physically attractive females. Male members pay upwards of £100,000 to join the site, while female members are ranked out of 100 for their physical attractiveness and do not pay a fee to join. No other qualities, such as skills or interests, are taken into account when ranking female members. The site is for linking of dates, and not for prostitution.
  • THBT feminists should not oppose dating sites which seek to romantically link rich men and physically attractive women
  • R4: THBT western nations should require companies seeking to sell products within their borders to abide by national worker’s rights legislation, regardless of where the goods were manufactured and at all stages of the production process.
  • R5: THW determine income tax based on the relative privilege of an individuals’ upbringing.
    (With info slide defining ‘privilege’ as private education, parental wealth, childhood home)
  • Open Semi: THW, as NATO, send troops to protect the Ukrainian border (not including the Crimea)
  • ESL Final: THW offer citizenship to illegal immigrants in exchange for meaningful information on their traffickers and illegal employers
  • Open Final: THS the unlimited use of war-time propaganda which aims to dehumanise the enemy


Gwendolin Eberhard /msi