Christoph Jäger

Christoph Jäger

Christoph has travelled to numerous tournaments since he joined DKWien in spring 2009. Indeed he is one of our most experienced tournament debaters, having attended every EUDC since Galway 2011 and also the World Championships (WUDC) in Botswana, Manila and Berlin. His most perfect Euros experience culminated in an ESL break into Quarter Finals at Manchester Euros in 2013 with his partner Stefan. His cosmopolitan lifestyle, enabled through his vast tournament attendance, was quite a change from his experience at a boarding school in the Austrian countryside. Wondering what lay beyond the horizon of that school, he started to study at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna, focusing on Business, Management Sciences, as well as Law and Economics. It didn’t take long for him to discover DKWien and to become one of our most dedicated debaters.

According to Christoph, the joy in debating lies with the unbiased approach to controversial subjects. Debating playfully allows for exploring opinions that are new or even contrary to one’s own. Debating does not center around a fixed opinion as the stances of political parties would. Fixed opinions, as Christoph remarks, stop progress as the discussion within a group tends to become superficial, and to the outside it has to be defended rather than being analysed. Debating on the other hand frees you up from having to argue for set ideologies. Rather, debating enables you to genuinely discuss current issues and problems in society. Christoph believes that a public that is used to debating will be more appreciative of diverging opinions. With the current Austrian trend of a dissolution of the once strongest parties further continuing, the need for a re-orientation will result in a public thirst for debating in a few years, Christoph hopes. We hope so too. 

In Vienna EUDC, Christoph is part of the logistics team, which is (if everything runs smoothly) unfortunately mostly invisible to the participants. It fits Christoph’s approach to the job if Vienna EUDC participants will tell each other after the tournament that “This just went well!”. Christoph is looking forward to the experiences Vienna Euros will provide him with in a dedicated debater’s, unbiased way: the real learning experience is one that cannot be technically acquired, but comes with long term dedication: the cultivation of character. There’s one last question we asked Christoph. What if Vienna EUDC would be amazingly rich in terms of money? His answer: Let’s host the participants in the Vienna State Opera for a Vienna Philharmonics concert!

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