CGYPP - Czech-German Young Professionals Program


CGYPP 2023 | Searching for common ground: sustainable future for democracies

Europe finds itself in a time of multiple challenges. While Europeans were still struggling with the economic aftermath of the Covid pandemic and had to cope with the effects in their societies, there is war again in Europe since February 2022. The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine is shaking the European peace to its foundations. At the same time, democracies across the world are confronted with China's greater ambitions and are looking for policies to counter its hostile influence and find ways to break out of economic dependence. The resulting impact on European society, including Czech and German ones, such as inflation, energy crisis and insecurity, is together with affects of climate change an enormous burden. Yet the democratic framework of European societies must cushion these crisis. As the recent elections in Italy demonstrated, the trend of right-wing populist forces gaining strength in Europe is also continuing. Stable and sustainable democracies with strong institutions and resilient societies are therefore the very base for and future perspective and cooperation.

In order to find sustainable perspectives for a common Europe, we must therefore talk about the possibilities of resilient and sustainable democracies. In this context, cross-border dialogues are indispensable. The CGYPP would therefore like to devote itself to these questions in 2023.

What lessons do German and Czech societies as Europeans learn from the past pandemic years? How can the need for peace be anchored in our societies? What must the democracies of the future look like in order to enable peaceful, fair and secure cohesion in Europe? In three seminars, we would like to focus on the impacts of the crisis on Czech and German democracies and on the necessary conditions for stable democracies in the future.

Learn more about CGYPP here.


  1. Workshop in Berlin, April 13 - 16, 2023
  2. Workshop in Prague, June 15 - 18, 2023
  3. Workshop in Pilsen, October 5 - 8, 2023


  • Czechs and Germans with open mindset in the age of 25-40 with varying professional backgrounds (from the fields of academia, business, media, politics, public administration and NGOs)

How to apply:

To apply go to fill in the application form by March 7, 2023.

The Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP), established in 2008, is an international network for young experts, multipliers, movers and shakers from Germany and the Czech Republic. The program interlinks the fields of academia, business, media, politics, public administration and NGO.

CGYPP connects people with different professional backgrounds. By exchanging and sharing experiences and perspectives, the participants not only broaden their horizons, improve communication and intercultural skills but also increase their social capital.

CGYPP was founded by the Association for International Affairs (AMO) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and supported by the Czech-German Future Fund , Robert Bosch Stiftung and Federal Foreign Office.

Since 2014, CGYPP has been jointly organized by AMO and the European Academy Berlin (EAB).

It is financed by the Czech-German Future Fund.


Impressions of CGYPP 2022

Impressions of CGYPP 2021




Podcasts: Czech-German Perspectives


➤ Interview with Vladimír Handl (IIR) on the state of Czech-German Relations

CGYPP participant Andreas Graf interviews Vladimír Handl, Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 1

➤ What would YOU do (differently) if you received an unconditional basic income?

In this episode, Sarah Polewsky, a CGYPP participant, talks about the unconditional basic income.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 2

➤ Refugees in Bavaria: experiences and challenges. A family story

In this episode, Petra Kouřimská talks about experience of one family living and taking care of refugees in Bavaria.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 3

➤ The hidden secrets of Smetana’s Vltava

Simon Backovsky explores Europe’s cultural heritage and German-Czech connection in classical music.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 4

➤ Service for all

In this episode, Jürgen Gradl argues that an obligatory social service would strengthen solidarity in Europe. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 5

➤ Digitalization and Work Life Balance

Franziska Stölzel’s podcast is about the impact of digitalization on our work/life balance. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 6

➤ Digitalization of Education

Kateřina Šustrová explores the challenges of the digitalization of education. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 7

➤ Historical Burdens and Potential Digital Solution

In this episode, Vladimír Hurych explores historical burdens and how their digital solution could look like. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 8

➤ Food Industry Digitalization

In this episode, Mark Friedrich talks about how digitalization is used in the food industry.
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 9

➤ Digitalization and smart cities

An expert on smart cities is being interviewed in this episode. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 10

➤ Digitalization of work

This episode’s topic: digitalization of work and how it affects us. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 11

➤ Foreigners in the Czech Republic

Tereza Blahoutová asks herself the questions: Are foreigners welcome in the Czech Republic? How do they change the country ? How does the country change them? 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 12

I​​​nnovation Barriers in Central and Eastern Europe

What are the reasons for the endurance of barriers for innovations in Central and Eastern Europe? Jana Lachmann gives answers. 
Czech-German Perspectives, Episode 13

Impressions of CGYPP 2020 - Ways out of the crisis

Impressions of CGYPP 2019 - Bridging the gaps


Impressions of CGYPP 2018 - Chances and Challenges of Digitalization

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