Born on 4 october 1955 in Köln (Cologne)
1959 : Moved to Brussels. European School in Uccle 1961-1973
1974-1981 : Studied History and Geography at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau and New University of Ulster in Coleraine (Northern Ireland)
1981-1984 : Pressebüro Brüssel
1984-1990 : Free Lance journalist based in Brussels
1990-2019 : Brussels correspondent for the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (EU, Nato and Benelux) – Longstanding board member and former president of the Association de la Presse Internationale (API) and former president of Journalists at your Service (J@ys)
Premio Napoli (1995), Kurt-Grünebaum-Preis (1997), Persprijs 2005, Europese eresenaat Antwerpen.