Theo Sommer

Editor at Large, German newspaper Die Zeit 

Started Journalism in 1949; Foreign Editor of Die Zeit (1958); Deputy Editor (1968), Editor-in-Chief (1973); Publisher (2000).

Studied history – and especially East-European and Asian history – and international relations in Sweden, Germany, and USA.

Ph.D. thesis (University of Tuebingen) “Germany and Japan between the Powers”.

Chief Planning Staff, Ministry of Defense, Bonn (1969–1970).

Member of Defence Structure Commission (1970–1972, 1999–2000). 

Research interests: Ostpolitik, security and defense policy, German-Russian relations, rise of Asia, especially China.

Books: Unser Schmidt: Der Staatsmann und Publizist (2010); Die Zeit. Geschichte einer Wochenzeitung – 1946 bis 2006 (2006), 1945. Die Biographie eines Jahres (2005); Hamburg: Weltstadt im Wellengang der Zeiten (2004); Phoenix Europe. The European Union: Its Progress, Problems and Prospects (2000); and others.