Journalism, Social Science, History, Economy, Philosophy at the University of Dortmund, Germany. Management- trainee at the publishing group of Vogel-Verlag, Würzburg.
University-Degree Master (MA) on the subject of “Masscommunication and Public Opinion” in 1981
1981-1983 Research at the University of Dortmund. Main subjects:
“Masscommunication and Social Impacts” for Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung, Köln (Cologne), Germany
1983-1985 Foreign Correspondent in Beijing (Peking), PR of China
1985 Foreign Correspondent in The Hague, The Netherlands. Coverage:
Benelux-countries. Reporting for: Die Welt (now: Welt-Gruppe-N24-TV), Berlin, Die Presse, Wien, Finanz und Wirtschaft, Zürich, Luxemburger Wort, Luxemburg, Stuttgarter Zeitung, ect.
as well as for radio and TV in Germany, N-24, N-TV, Belgium and The Netherlands.
In Holland he is a regular guest and contributor to TV- and radio-programs such as ,,Een vandaag’’ or ,,Business Class.’’
Together with the Dutch Radio and TV-Station VPR0 he created the program:
‘The German Connection,’ which he presented as anchorman for five years.
From 1990-1998 President of the Foreign Press Association of the Netherlands (BPV).
From 1994 -2005 board member of the Association of European Journalists (VEJ) / Dutch section.
From 1998 – 2004 International President of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ/EJ European Journalists Asscoation
Since 2004 Honorary President of the EJ European Journalists Association
1997: European Journalism Award from EU-Commission, Brussels
1999: International Communication Award from the Republic of China on Taiwan
2001: Medal: “Proclamation of a United Europe” by Ferdinand Martinenga Foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia
Serveral books about Belgium, China, The Netherlands, Amsterdam, The Hague
Special reports about the Euro, several interviews with Wim Duisenberg, former President of the ECB, published in: Die Welt, Wall Street Journal, Finanz und Wirtschaft, Börsen-Zeitung, Die Presse, Luxemburger Wort, Japanese newspapers and in a huge sample of German regional papers.
Lectures about the Euro in The Hague and Eger, Hungary and the Vorarlberger Wirtschaftsforum, Bregenz, Austria. Coverage of the Maastricht and Amsterdam EU-Summits. University of Groningen, Euregio – Dutch-German Cross Border Cooperation, Duisburg, Kleve.