Germany and Czechia: Bilateral relations

03.03.2023 - Article

Relations between Germany and Czechia are very close. Alongside Federal President Steinmeier and Bundesrat President Haseloff in 2021, visits were paid in 2022 by Federal Finance Minister Lindner, Federal Economics Minister Habeck, as well as by Minister-Presidents Kretschmer and Söder of Saxony and Bavaria. During his first visit to Czechia as Federal Chancellor, Scholz gave his Prague speech on the EU at the Charles University on 29 August 2022. Czech Prime Minister Fiala visited Germany in May 2022, while he was the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations in June 2022. Federal Foreign Minister Baerbock paid her first visit to the Czech Republic since taking office in July 2022.

The Treaty on Good Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation of 27 February 1992, together 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 Declaration 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.

Czechia and Germany work together intensively on European Neighbourhood Policy, on the Western Balkans and on supporting Ukraine since the start of the Russian war of aggression. Eleven working groups made up of German and Czech ministry staff meet as part of the countries’ strategic dialogue. Cross-border cooperation with the Free State of Bavaria and the Free State of Saxony, has been stepped up in recent years.

There is diverse cultural exchange at all levels. The German political foundations all have offices in Czechia. The German-Czech Future Fund is a key actor in civil society cooperation

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