Stefan Kornelius was born in 1966 and is head of the foreign policy department of Suddeutsche Zeitung. He met Merkel for the first time in 1989 in East Berlin when she was the Speaker of the Democratic Awakening. Later Kornelius was a correspondent in Bonn where he was responsible for the CDU party, and where Merkel was a minister in Kohl's Cabinet and served as an important source for Kornelius. After years working as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Kornelius returned to Berlin 1999 - just in time for the CDU funding scandal and Merkel's rise to the head of CDU party. Since 2000 Kornelius has been responsible for foreign policy reporting and is in close contact with the Chancellor and her main advisers.