Germany and Czechia: Bilateral relations

05.10.2022 - Article

German-Czech relations are very close, as demonstrated by frequent two‑way visits at the highest level. Alongside Federal President Steinmeier and Bundesrat President Haseloff in August and September 2021, visits were also paid in June and July 2022 by Federal Finance Minister Lindner, Federal Economics Minister Habeck, as well as by Minister-Presidents Kretschmer and Söder of Saxony and Bavaria. At his first official visit to Czechia in July 2022, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a speech on the future of the EU at the Charles University. Czech Prime Minister Fiala made his first official visit to Germany as Prime Minister in May 2022, while in June 2022 he was the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Treaty on Good Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation of 27 February 1992, which, along with the German-Czech Declaration on Mutual Relations and their Future Development of 21 January 1997, is one of the most important cornerstones of German-Czech relations. The essence of the latter is the undertaking by both sides to advance German‑Czech relations in a spirit of good neighbourliness and to disencumber them from political and legal issues stemming from the past. On its 20th anniversary, the Foreign Ministers of the day signed a declaration reaffirming the spirit of the German-Czech Declaration.

Cooperation is especially deep-rooted with respect to foreign and European policy. Czechia and Germany work together intensively on foreign policy issues such as the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership, and also in the Western Balkans. As part of their strategic dialogue, German and Czech ministries are cooperating in a total of 11 working groups. Cross-border cooperation, particularly with the Free State of Bavaria and the Free State of Saxony, has been stepped up in recent years.

Cultural exchange at all levels is wide-ranging, also as regards projects conducted without state involvement. Various foundations and funds are represented in Czechia, such as the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the German-Czech Future Fund.

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