We, the members of Organising Committee, are glad to announce that the motions for Heart of Europe 2018 are ready. Matylda Klosova and Jakub Kadlec as Co-Chief Organisers have appointed Motion Committee on the 1st of September 2017 in accordance with Heart of Europe rules. Motion Committee consist of Chief Adjudicator Itumeleng Kenneth Mohanoe and two other members: Laura Krawczyk and Mgr. Martin Rezny .
In cooperation with Organising Committee, Motion Committee is following slightly different system of tournament which has been established in 2016. At Heart of Europe 2018 we are going to have just three prepared motions instead of five. Two of them for preliminary rounds, where each team debates each side of motion, proposition and oposition. We believe that this is a great learning opportunity which also leads to tolerance when debating the topic from both sides. The third motion is for grand final debate, and since our tournament is called Heart of Europe, the topic is going to relate to the global region of Europe.
The remaining four preliminary rounds will be on impromptu motions announced to the teams one hour before the debate begins, as well all the play-off debates (the octo-finals, quarter-finals and semi-finals). We utilize a special system for impromptus.
There will be three motions available for each debate. We will let one team pick the motion while the other one picks the side. Since there are 4 impromptu rounds as usual every team should pick a motion twice and a side also twice.
When relevant: teams have one minute to choose a motion. One minute to choose a side. One minute to agree on a motion.
The motions are following:
Preliminary prepared motion No. 1
This House would ban cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocurrencies, a specific kind of encrypted money that can work independently of any central bank, have recently started rapidly growing in value, prompting many more people to invest a lot more capital into them. Are cryptocurrencies the future of money, or do they have any flaws or dangers that make them more trouble than they’re worth?
Preliminary prepared motion No. 2
This House believes that the journalism and business sides of news organisations should be separate.
This long-standing, but recently largely abandoned doctrine in journalism is colloquially known as “Church and State”, referring to the separation between religious institutions and the government common in most modern secular societies. Put another way, should the main purpose of news be to make money for its owners and stakeholders like it is in any business, or are there other, more important priorities that should take precedence?
Grand Final motion
This House supports a multi-speed Europe.
Also called “two-track Europe” or “variable geometry Europe”, it is the idea that different parts of the European Union should integrate at different levels and pace depending on the political situation in each individual country. In the face of Brexit and many disagreements about how to address the refugee crisis, should some version of this approach become the main direction for the European Union into the future, or is it a better strategy to continue on the course toward full or near-full integration of all EU members?