How Is Europe Changing?


Tuesday, April 4, 1989 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, April 5, 1989 - 1:00am (ended)

223 Moses Hall 

Sir Ralf Dahrendorf
Sociologist, former EU Commissioner, former Warden of St. Antony's College, Oxford

Sir Ralf Dahrendorf's political career began in Germany in 1968, when he was elected as a Free Democrat member of the Baden-Wrttemberg Landtag (state parliament). The following year he was elected to the Bundestag, and became a member of Willy Brandt's Social Democrat-Free Democrat coalition government as a junior foreign office minister dealing with European affairs under Foreign Secretary Walter Scheel. In 1970, however, Dahrendorf left domestic politics to become a member of the European Commission. Initially responsible for foreign trade and external relations, he took the research, science and education portfolio in 1973. After his period as a European Commissioner, Dahrendorf's career was primarily academic and intellectual, and shifted from Germany to Britain. He was Director of the London School of Economics between 1974 and 1984.