Town twinning as a form of "municipal foreign policy"
After the Second World War, securing peace and creating international understanding from the bottom-up were the main tasks of town twinning. Hanover was one of the first German cities to conclude a partnership agreement with the city of Bristol in 1947. Partnerships with Perpignan and Rouen in France followed in the sixties.
In the following years, Hanover’s twinning with Blantyre, Poznan, Hiroshima and Leipzig resulted from the citizen’s active involvement in municipal development cooperation, in the East-West relations, and “the peace movement” of the time.
Today, as well as in future, it will be essential to address cultural, social, environmental, and political issues and then jointly develop solutions for them.