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Grand debate: Immigration
Grand Debates are special. You get the exact motion in advance so that you can pick a side and prepare as a team. If you want and can commit to take part, please leave a comment below and indicate whether you want to speak for the government or opposition. ----- The Italian deputy prime minister has refused to take more migrants. In Hungary, Orban has criminalised offering aid to asylum seekers. The USA elected a business man with a chequered past to executive office, propelled there by shouts of ‘build that wall’. In Germany, Merkel’s coalition partners face losing power in Bavaria for the first time since the war, while Austria’s new Head of State is a 33 year old populist, on a mission to restore ‘European values’. Immigration is a government changer. This is not new. Fear of the other has been used to whip up the mob since time immemorial. But considering the examples from above, we must ask whether the tipping point has been reached. But does it need to be this way? No country in the world has not been the target of immigration at some point or other; we all came from somewhere else. Is immigration a threat, or an investment? Join us tonight as we debate the motion "This House, as the world government, would put no restrictions on people’s freedom to chose in which country they reside". The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users. All levels of experience are welcome - from first-timers to experienced debaters. Practice public speaking with fun!

Café de Markten

Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 5 · Brussels


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    What we're about

    We are a British Parliamentary Debating Club offering a weekly platform to expand your horizons. You can sharpen your persuasive skills under the motto ‘learning by doing’ and practice public speaking with fun.

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    What is debating?

    Debating is more than public speaking. Aristotle put forth the persuasive ideals of ETHOS - an establishment of one's own credibility, LOGOS - an appeal to reason, and PATHOS - an appeal to emotion. With this is mind, a successful debate speech must be delivered in a credible, clear and captivating manner.

    In which language do you debate, and about what?

    We debate in English, often about political topics and current events. However, some of most successful past debates have covered such diverse topics as 'As cavemen, this house believes it is time to abandon our hunter-gatherer lifestyle'. and 'This House believes Trump will make America great!'

    Besides the Grand Debate nights, the host announces the exact motion on the night, with 15 minutes preparation time.

    Can I join?

    Yes! Whether a first timer or a seasoned debater, you are welcome to join. There is no need to prepare anything... but following the news does not hurt.

    Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do, and we encourage people with disabilities, non-binary and people of colour to attend. The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

    Can I spectate?

    Of course, but sooner or later, everyone should take the plunge! There is no training that can equal standing in front of an audience for 5 minutes, trying to keep your speech fluent and comprehensible.

    How much is it?

    It's free. However, as we do not have to pay for the room, we strongly encourage everyone to purchase drinks and/or food at the bar.

    Where does it take place?

    Not far from De Brouckere/Bourse. Unless announced otherwise, meetings take place at De Markten Café, Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 5.

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