City Partnership London
Berlin’s city partnership with London was founded in a joint declaration by both cities on 10 October 2000, after the reestablishment of the Greater London Authority. Prior to that, the city was only a loose conglomeration of individual boroughs on the administrative and political level, which meant that no official city partnership was possible. As the capital of an ally and German partner country, however, London was one of the new German capital’s most important partners.
Along with traditional administrative cooperation, the London-Berlin partnership concentrates on exchange in the area of youth, sports, internal security, environmental protection, and traffic and transportation.
One example of exchange is the regular participation of young designers from Berlin in the London Design Festival and London Fashion Week, as well as the participation of London designers in Berlin Fashion Week.
Berlin’s publishing houses are regularly represented at the London Book Fair with a joint stand, where they showcase Berlin’s young literary scene.
A significant part of our cooperation is exchange in the area of juvenile crime and the rehabilitation of young female offenders, issues that are of equal importance to London and Berlin. Many different seminars for specialists have already been held; these focus on the shared search for ideas and solutions for prevention and rehabilitation.
In addition, Berlin and London are very active partners in the C40 climate alliance and are working together in this international organization of cities to find sustainable solutions to global warming.
In 2018 Governing Mayor Müller’s visit to London and Mayor Kahn’s visit to Berlin were two of the highlights of our cooperation. Along with Mayor Carmena of Madrid and Governing Mayor Müller, Mayor Khan took part in a panel discussion held in Berlin on the challenges faced by metropolises against the backdrop of Brexit, migration, and integration.