In its second edition for this year, the Online Euro-Med Debate Competition once again brought together lots of young people from the euro-mediterranean region in the time from 22nd to 30th August 2020.
The intercultural teams consisted of 250 people from 18 different countries in total. Represented countries were Morocco, Netherlands, Algeria, Portugal, Tunisia, France, Libya, UK, Egypt, Sweden, Palestine, Czechia, Jordan, Spain, Lebanon, Germany, Turkey and Italy.
Among others, debate topics addressed contemporary issues like online education, freedom of expression, civil service, social media, Covid-19 and artificial intelligence.
All teams showed a high-quality level of parliamentary debating skills and backed up their arguments with fact-based knowledge about countries from the euro-med region and beyond.
After many heated debates in the first rounds and the pre-finals, the debate of the grand final on Sunday, 30th August 2020, tackled a motion concerning the possible necessity of stricter rules in the issue of racism.
Team Beirut 2 led by Noura from Lebanon could prevail against Team Bethlehem (Kate) in this last debate and was finally announced winner of the 3rd Online Euro-Med Debate Competition by Dr. Nabil Al Sharif, Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation.
Noura stated in an interview shortly afterwards that she “wanted to win this Competition to make youth feel their strength and help our country, despite the negativity surrounding Lebanon at this time.”