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By A. Langenohl

In 2010 the Council of ecu areas and Municipalities verified the variety of eu city twinning relationships as 39,816. the eu fee has outlined city twinning as one of many major pillars on which a 'Europe for voters' will be accomplished and ecu identification be fostered. but what does twinning entail for these engaged in it on an area point? How does transnationalism input neighborhood settings? Andreas Langenohl argues that the transnationalism of city twinning in Europe rests on practices of localization assembled round an ethics of alternate, encompassing codes of hospitality, notions of friendship, and reciprocity in giving and receiving. in keeping with ethnographic observations and interviews with twinning practitioners, the publication argues that the type of ecu integration completed via city twinning resembles a version of eu integration that establishes 'exchange' and 'market' as a generalized version of cooperation.

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In contrast, the brochure pays no attention to the history and the particularities of the towns and their transnational connections, something which was clearly important in earlier stages of articulating twinned towns’ politicity. The presented projects, in turn, are defined by their catering to certain ‘permanent priorities’ that the EU prescribes as being of importance for European integration and for approaching global challenges, namely the ‘Future of the European Union and its basic values,’ ‘Active European Citizenship: participation and democracy in Europe,’ ‘Intercultural dialogue,’ ‘People’s wellbeing in Europe: employment, social cohesion and sustainable development’ and ‘Impact of EU policies in societies’ (p.

Here, municipal international relations would European Visions 27 count as ‘political’ in the sense that they had the capacity to impact the international system, to fulfill tasks that international agreements like the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) process had defined (Nobbe, 1990, p. 181; Schnakenberg, 1990, pp. 24–55), or to be functionally better equipped to engage in certain missions than the state, like cooperation with NGOs in development projects (Hilliges, 1989).

00) [ . . 2013: Trip with French course students of the adult education college (VHS) and the MJC Châpellon to Berlin with a city and culture program. Places are still available. 1 For instance, in regard to a physical transgression of nation-state borders the tennis club of Breitental travels to the town of Châpellon (France) in May, followed by the hockey club in November. In June, a hiking tour through the Mosel region is being organized and participants from the partner towns will be invited to join.

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