CGYPP - Czech-German Young Professionals Program


CGYPP 2021: Ways out of the crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has all of a sudden turned our lives upside down. Our society has switched to crisis mode, newspapers and political speeches are dominated by Covid-19, its worldwide implications and consequences. But what kind of crisis are we actually facing right now? And what are possible ways to overcome it? 

The pandemic has brought to light a whole range of multi-faceted challenges. Not only are we witnessing the worst economic crisis since the depression of the 1930s. We are also confronted with a deficient health care system. More than ever before we are experiencing the urgent need to catch up in terms of digitization – also in the educational sector. To some extent, we are facing a lack of solidarity within the European Union. Is the Covid-19 pandemic the accelerator of deglobalization? If so, is it a big threat for Germany and the Czech Republic? And finally, the number of those who feel left behind and restricted in their personal freedoms is increasing, which has led to a certain crisis of confidence in our democratic system. First immediate measures have been taken, focusing particularly on restoring the economic strength. The task is now to develop long-term strategies. But do we really want to return to the status quo ante? Or are we willing to rethink our traditional answers when facing new challenges and questions?

The European Union’s answer to the crisis is the coronavirus recovery plan. It foresees €390bn in grants and €360bn in loans for struggling EU states. The EU has finally agreed on taking on common debt – and is thinking about raising common taxes, such as a Europe-wide financial transaction tax, a digital tax or a carbon tax, in order to finance it.

These and other topical questions will be addressed at the 12th year of the CGYPP. We want to discuss the challenges posed by the current crisis and possible answers creatively, interactively and polemically in a Czech-German context, with a wide range of political and economic leaders, leading journalists and experts – and we want to share our insights with the general public. We are convinced that – especially now that Czech-German dialogue is disrupted by the pandemic – debate is more important than ever.

We want to discuss these questions creatively, interactively and polemically with a wide range of political and economic leaders, with leading journalists and experts – and we want to share our insights with the general public.

Find more information about the Czech-German Young Professionals Program here.



  1. Workshop in Prague, April 29 - May 2, 20201
  2. Workshop in Berlin, June 17 - 20, 2021
  3. Workshop in Ostrava, September 9 - 12, 2021


  • 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)



Impressions of CGYPP 2020

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.




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 2019 - Bridging the gaps


Impressions of CGYPP 2018 - Chances and Challenges of Digitalization


Impressions of CGYPP 2017- Solidarity, stability and security in post-factual times


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