Association of cities

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A city ​​association is an association of two or more cities for mutual political and / or economic strengthening. City leagues were mainly created in the 13th century . In addition to military powers, they had extensive legal powers and made a decisive contribution to the emancipation of the bourgeoisie from the domination of the nobility .

Individual city leagues also gained a high degree of power and thus became an important economic and political factor that had to be taken into account by the respective ruler.


There have been a large number of city federations in history, for example amphictyony with a religious and cultural orientation and symmachy with a military orientation in ancient Greece .

Important city associations

From the 12th century

From the 14th century

Today's counterparts

The city ​​conventions and city federations founded in the 20th century (e.g. the Austrian Association of Cities founded in 1915 ) represent the interests of the participating cities vis-à-vis the federal and state governments ( see main article, local authority umbrella organization ).

Another new type of “city alliance” are international city partnership rings (e.g. Ravensburg - Montélimar - Rivoli , which have each entered into city partnerships) or working groups for economic, tourism and cultural promotion such as the European association “ Neustadt in Europa ” with 36 Members, at the national level of the Zipfelbund . Historic city federations were also revived for similar goals, such as the New Hanseatic League or in 1991 the Upper Lusatian Six City Association .

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