Born 1930 in Constance, Germany. Grew up in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Studied History, Political Science and International Relations in Sweden, at Manchester College, North Manchester, Ind., and the University of Chicago; wrote his Ph.D. thesis on „Germany and Japan between the Powers, 1935-1940“ (University of Tübingen, 1962). 1960 participant in Henry Kissinger’s International Summer Seminar, Harvard University. 1967-1970 reader for Political Science at the University of Hamburg. Lectured at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, winter term, 1972.
Foreign Editor DIE ZEIT 1958, Deputy Editor 1968; Chief of Planning Staff, Ministry of Defence, Bonn 1969/70; Editor-in-Chief DIE ZEIT 1973; Publisher DIE ZEIT 1992; Editor-at-Large, April 1, 2000 to January 30. 2014; Co-Founder of The Atlantic Times, 2004.