Aachen is a city in western Germany, near the Belgian and Dutch borders. It is the place where 31 Holy Roman Emperors were crowned Kings of the Germans from 936 to 1531.
Aachen is the westernmost city in Germany. It is a university town with a population of nearly 250,000. Landmarks include the cathedral, where Charlemagne, the founder of the Carolingian empire, is buried. The city annually awards the Charlemagne Prize for services to the unification of Europe. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on Aachen.
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A new bilateral pact between France and Germany pledges deeper cooperation between the two nations and paves the way for EU reforms. The Treaty of Aachen aims to bring relations to a "new level" and improve the lives of citizens in both countries. Keith Walker speaks with DW political correspondent Thomas Sparrow in Berlin to find out why the new pact is necessary.