Prague and Berlin Different Views on the East

Czech-Germany understanding after 25 years and the case of Russia and Ukraine

31 January 2022

Pavel Havlíček

Marcin Król Fellow

There is a growing sense of frustration from the lack of German policy response and credible reaction to Russian aggression.

On 20 January 2022, Czech and German foreign ministers Jan Lipavský and Annalena Baerbock issued a common statement in remembrance of 25 years since signing the Czech–German Declaration on Mutual Relations and their Future Development.

They emphasised that the Declaration helped to overcome—often burdensome—issues of common past events and achieved unexpected progress in bilateral ties, including when looking into the future. Both foreign ministers noted that the Czech-German ties are the best in history and also mentioned several common challenges faced by both countries.

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Pavel Havlíček

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. Research Fellow of Association for International Affairs (AMO) Research Centre. His research focus is on Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine and Russia, and the Eastern Partnership.

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