IV. BILATERAL YOUTH FORUM
The bilateral German-Russian youth forum “Capital Talks” took place for the first time from 2nd to 7th July, 2017 in Moscow and constituted the conclusion of the Russian-German youth exchange year 2016-2017 for DRJUG. 30 young people from Germany and Russia visited the State Duma, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Germany to Russia and the offices of Deutsche Bank, Siemens and the human rights organization "Memorial". The program contained a number of discussions guided by professionals representing different spheres, as well as workshops and project work in groups. Each day on the agenda was devoted to one of the topics such as history, culture, economy, media and politics which gave the participants an opportunity to look at the development of the German-Russian relations from numerous perspectives. The forum was mentioned and regarded as exerting a positive influence on the German-Russian relations by former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in one of his speeches. In accordance with the forum-specific rotation, the following "Capital Talks" 2018 were held in the German capital Berlin.
The "Capital Talks" 2019 took place in Moscow and Kazan. On the occasion of the "German-Russian Year of Higher Education Cooperation and Science 2018 - 2020", the forum focused on digitization and artificial intelligence.
Continuing interest in our project and positive feedback spur our motivation to continue the work in this area. Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is uncertain if the forum planned for November 2020 can take place. Stay tuned for updates!