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PIR Staff Visit WZB Berlin

John Peterson is Visiting Fellow at leading German think tank.

A member of PIR staff, Prof John Peterson, has spent the start of 2011 as a Visiting Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung . WZB was founded in 1969 as a think tank dedicated to socially relevant research in the social sciences.

(John at WZB)

John is working with a team of researchers at WZB, led by Senior Researcher Miriam Hartlapp, on Position Formation in the European Commission. On 7-8 February 2011, WZB provided support to a workshop held at Free University Berlin at which John and other participants in the 'European Commission of the 21st Century' project presented drafts of chapters to appear in the volume of the same name, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2012 (see The workshop featured a public lecture - 'jour fixe' in German academic parlance - co-presented by Andy Thompson of Edinburgh PIR.

While in Berlin, John and Elizabeth Bomberg of Edinburgh PIR made a pilgrimage to Staendige Vertretung, a bar/restaurant famous in German political circles for its fascinating collection of memorabilia from the Federal Republic's political history.


(Elizabeth Bomberg at Staendige Vertretung in front of historic photos of Mikhael Gorbachev and Presidents of Germany)


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