Town Twinning, Transnational Connections, and Trans-local by A. Langenohl

By A. Langenohl

In 2010 the Council of ecu areas and Municipalities proven the variety of ecu 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' could be accomplished and eu id be fostered. but what does twinning entail for these engaged in it on a neighborhood 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 response to ethnographic observations and interviews with twinning practitioners, the publication argues that the type of ecu integration completed via city twinning resembles a version of ecu integration that establishes 'exchange' and 'market' as a generalized version of cooperation.

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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. In September, a ‘friendship visit’ involves taking a group of Breitentalers to the town of Redwich in the UK. Regarding symbolic borders, a couple of events are listed whose aims are to display and arrange in Breitental cultural production from outside of Germany: in April, a ‘Literary Night’ will be dedicated to the French poet and Académie française member Marcel Achard.

1296). Consequently, in its Europe for Citizens program running from 2007 to 2013, the European Commission declared twinned towns as paramount sites for the actualization of the program. Establishing two funding lines – ‘Town Twinning Citizens’ Meeting’ and ‘Network of Twinned Towns’– the EU expects twinned towns to engage citizens in the project of European integration and to develop ‘thematic and long-lasting cooperation between towns’ (Programme Guide, 2013, pp. 35, 38). ’ Thus, Kristine Kern suggests that meanwhile town twinning is seen by the EU as one among several other types of transnational networking, such as ‘transnational city networks’ (2001).

32–35). He argues that since its consolidation the movement has been at risk of failing to meet its ambition of stimulating mutual learning processes. He expresses the fear that the efforts to gain an understanding of the other country’s national culture and to open up larger contexts which substantially impact on the local and regional realities have become largely delocalized. [ . . ] [The publications of German–French education institutions] are committed (to this day) to the important work of information and education yet have no direct bearing on the activities of town twinnings.

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