Karl-Peter Schwarz graduated from the University of Vienna in history and Italian literature. He worked 35 years for several media in print, radio and television, among them Die Presse (Vienna), Austrian Radio and Television (ORF), Die Welt (Berlin), Die Woche (Hamburg) and Wirtschaftsblatt (Vienna). He was a foreign correspondent in Rome and in Prague. From 2000 to 2017 he covered political affairs in several Central and Southeastern European countries for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He has a weekly column in Die Presse and publishes in several German newspapers.