Tony Koutsoumbos
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Tony Koutsoumbos is the founder of the Central London Debating Society, a voluntary club for newcomers to debating which hosts fortnightly public debates and runs training workshops for schools and businesses.

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Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2014 | (10:57)

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April 7th is one of the few dates anyone in the UK can expect to read much about Rwanda in the news as the world marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. Last night I attended a moving...

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What We Can Learn About the Farage-Clegg Debate From a Concert Violinist Pretending to Be a Busker

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2014 | (19:31)

A man sits in a bustling Metro station in Washington DC during rush hour, dressed as a street busker, and begins to play the violin. Over the course of the next 45 minutes, thousands of people pass through the station and just seven stop to listen for more than a...

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Pro-Europeans Must Get Behind the Prime Minister to Avoid a 'Brexit'

(0) Comments | Posted 25 January 2013 | (11:34)

I missed the speech on Wednesday morning; I was working at the time. I read the reactions to it, I listened to the commentators, and I watched Prime Minister's Questions. My gut reaction? I was incensed. What an 'omni-shambles' I thought. An in/out referendum is not a bad...

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Why Debating Must Be Taught in Every School Across the Country

(2) Comments | Posted 21 January 2013 | (12:36)

I remember it vividly. The debate had just started and I was the guest chairman. The topic was abortion and a woman's right to choose, one of the most controversial debates I had ever chaired, let alone spoken in. I was slightly nervous and acutely aware that I was the...

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Pro-European and Proud!

(1) Comments | Posted 17 December 2012 | (18:00)

This week I received an e-newsletter from one of my supposedly pro-European MEPs for London. It started off with a rant about MEPs having to travel to Strasbourg followed by an attack on the EU budget proposals as being "out of touch with current economic circumstances".

Now, both criticisms...

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Where Is the Greek Diaspora?

(5) Comments | Posted 27 November 2012 | (23:00)

I remember the conversation vividly. A Greek telecoms engineer called me, back when I was a headhunter, and cried down the phone: "please, get me out of here - I will do anything". I've spoken to a lot of people looking for work in my time, most of whom disappeared...

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