Matthew Karnitschnig is Chief Europe Correspondent for the US political news organization Politico Europe. He joined Politico from The Wall Street Journal, where he spent 15 years in a variety of positions as a reporter and editor in the US and Europe. In 2008, he covered the fall of Lehman Brothers and the financial crisis that ensued. He subsequently spearheaded the WSJ’s award-winning coverage of the Eurozone debt crisis as the paper’s European Economics Editor. He has been on the front lines of a number of the defining political and economic events of our era in a career spanning two decades. He previously worked as a journalist for BusinessWeek, Reuters and Bloomberg.