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Local authority with the right of self-government in certain areas of jurisdiction. The term covers the Gemeinden (municipalities), the Kreise (districts) and the kreisfreie Städte (municipalities with the status of a district) and, in some Länder, the Bezirke (regional authorities); Kommunen are entitled to deal independently with all affairs relating to the local community in the framework of the law.

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Last modified 26.08.2019

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