Last night I had another amazing time at the Akademischen Forum für Außenpolitik Debattierclub at the Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria.

Our team won the debate after a tough battle and, in the end, I was lucky enough to win the Cicero Award for best speaker, named after the Roman statesman, rhetorician, and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero.

The recipient gets the prize after a majority vote by the audience, and entitles them to a free drink filled with celebratory straws and umbrellas.

It was a pleasure to debate among all my talented colleagues and I look forward to the next event.

Yaël Ossowski is an international consumer activist and writer. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is founder and editor of Devolution Review, deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty. He was previously a national investigative reporter at He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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