Matthew Kaminski

Executive Editor


Matthew Kaminski has been the executive editor of POLITICO's European edition since the publication launched in April 2015.

Starting as a freelancer from Eastern Europe before his senior year in college, Matt has reported on the Continent on and off for the past quarter century. He covered the former Soviet Union for the Financial Times and Economist in 1994-97, and in 1997 joined the Wall Street Journal in Brussels as a correspondent. He held various roles with the Journal in Paris and New York. In 2004, Matt was awarded the Peter Weitz Prize by the German Marshall Fund for a series of columns about the European Union. His coverage of the Ukrainian crisis won an Overseas Press Club prize in 2015. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary that year.

Born in 1971 in Poland, Matt emigrated to the United States in 1980 and grew up in Washington, D.C. He holds degrees from Yale and the Free University of Brussels and lives in Brussels with his wife, Alexandra Geneste, and their two children.


Based in Brussels, the European edition of POLITICO covers the politics, policy and personalities of the European Union. With over 45 journalists in Brussels, Berlin, London and Paris, POLITICO's European edition is the first publication to truly connect the dots between the continent's biggest power players. Its journalism lives on the following platforms:

  • Online at, reaching between 1 million - 1.5 million unique visitors per month (source: Omniture);
  • Via POLITICO Pro, its policy news service for professionals;
  • Through daily newsletters, such as Ryan Heath's agenda-setting POLITICO Brussels Playbook (readership: 43,000) and Francesco Guerrera's must-read Morning Exchange (readership: 20,000). Brussels Playbook has quickly become the must-read morning briefing in Brussels, reaching nine out of 10  members of EU Commission/parliament and EU institution senior staff.
  • In print via a weekly newspaper, distributed to every EU institution in Brussels and major national political institutions; and
  • Through news-making events (22 events in Brussels, Berlin and Paris in 2015)

In January 2015, an annual ComRes/Burson-Marsteller survey ranked the European edition of POLITICO as the #1 most-read publication by EU influencers.

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