Building bridges

Shaping our common future


Our vision


Young people consider the ways of developing closer bilateral relations by means of discussions and workshops on politics, economy and culture.


We aim at creating a space for youth collaboration


We aim at providing a platform for equal discussion


We aim at uniting the youth in East and West



December 15, 2021

The II. Youth Normandy Talks took place in Leipzig and online from December 6 to 9, 2021. We were happy to welcome participants at least partly in Leipzig and to work with them on site.

About 22 young people from Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France participated in the hybrid II. Youth Normandy Talks.  Our participants had the opportunity to meet with various experts from each country and discuss multilateral issues. Among other things, our participants talked with experts panel discussions offered on international law and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

In addition, participants were divided into small groups across countries to work on a multi-day project. This year, the young people made short films in which they addressed their own views on international law, peace and security.

This year, DRJUG co-organized the event with the Youth Association for a Greater Europe, National Diplomacy, the Ukrainian Union of Jewish Students, and the Center for German Humanities Studies.

Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to our partners: The German Foreign Office, The German-French Youth Office, Schneider Group, Claas and Club International.







December 3, 2021

DRJUG memorandum on mutual recognition of COVID-19 tests and vaccine certificate

We all at DRJUG value the freedom of movement as one of the fundamental rights which also allows us to bring bright young people from our countries together. You know that we successfully advocated the visa-free campaign and it gave us confidence that the voice of youth is not only heard by our political leaders but can also make a real difference.


Today we have released a new initiative related to the newest challenge. Many young people who continue to travel between Germany and Russia are currently facing significant bureaucratic obstacles due to the disagreement on a mutual recognition of the vaccine certificates and COVID-tests.


We are convinced that a major part of the issue is caused by a lack of political will. Therefore we decided to openly address our concerns and published our new COVID Memorandum to urge our governments to harmonize the formal procedures.


Please check the full text here.


November 1 , 2021

The II. Youth Normandy Talks will take place in Leipzig & online from December 6-9, 2021.

We invite students and young professionals (18 to 26 years old) from all backgrounds to Leipzig to become a part of international understanding. The idea is to bring together the youth of our four countries and exchange experiences and opinions on peace and security, humanitarian issues, law and economics. You will meet high-level experts who will share their knowledge with you.

Due to the current pandemic situation, this will be a hybrid format: If you currently live in the European Union, we invite you to Leipzig, Germany. If you currently live outside the European Union, we will offer you the digital opportunity to participate online.

This year, the Forum's organizing team is again represented by partner youth organizations from Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia.

For the period of the forum, the costs for accommodation and meals of the participants will be covered. We can partially reimburse travel expenses.

Take the chance and apply now!


October 31, 2021

Annual board meeting 2021

On the last weekend of October, the DRJUG board members met in Warendorf, Germany. 

Together we looked back on the time since our election earlier this year and how we have worked together as a team. Besides, we discussed our upcoming projects, such as the II. Youth Normandy Talks in December 2021. Last but not least, we thought about the development of our association, how we can improve our projects and initiatives and of course: how we can make it attractive for people to become a member of the association.

We were pleased that some former board members or co-members were also present to share their experiences with us.

We are already looking forward to implementing new ideas in our association work!


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August 6, 2021

10 years DRJUG e.V.

The German-Russian Youth Initiative celebrated its 10th anniversary in Berlin on June 17, 2021. We were happy to welcome distinguished political representatives from Russia and Germany, companions of the association, participants of our youth forums as well as other guests in Moscow and online during a ceremony in the Berlin City Hall.

Since the founding of the association in 2011 by alumni of the German-Russian Youth Parliament, the association has continued to develop with new ideas, members and projects. After 10 successful and exciting years of the association we are now looking forward to our future challenges!

More information here in the press release.


Our association


International youth forums organised




Alumni of our forums




German-Russian Youth Forum

Capital Talks

Trilateral Youth Forum

German-Polish-Russian Trialogue


Trilateral Youth Forum

Germany - Russia - Ukraine: A common future?

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Multilateral Youth Forum

Youth Normandy Talks