CEU was transformed into an arena of clashing ideas during the fourth edition of the Budapest Open International Debate Tournament March 6-8. The 128 debaters, representing over 50 institutions from over 25 countries, tackled some of the most important challenges to democratic societies today, such as voting rights, political correctness, labor regulations regarding freelancers, the banning of advertising, and the right to restrict oil and gas drilling by referendum. Ultimately, the champions of the tournament, Nika Jelaska and Peer Klussendorf, captured their title by winning over both judges and public, in arguing in favor of the final motion: "The Theory of Communism is Immoral".
The largest Budapest Open to date was co-organized by the debating societies of CEU, Corvinus and ELTE Universities. A core team of 20 organizes worked on bringing the project together starting with November, supported by CEU’s External Relations Office, Student Life Office, Student Union, and the School of Public Policy.