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FT strengthens European reporting team

The Financial Times has made new appointments to strengthen its European coverage and respond to changing tides on the continent. As part of the change Alex Barker takes up the new post of European diplomatic editor, based in Brussels.

Other changes to the FT’s 465-strong European editorial team include:

* Anne Sylvaine Chassany (@ChassNews) has been named Paris bureau chief. Previously private equity correspondent, Anne Sylvaine will now oversee FT’s coverage of France.

* Henry Foy (@HenryJFoy) has been named central Europe correspondent, based in Warsaw. He was previously motor industry correspondent based in London.

* James Politi (@JamesPoliti) is now the FT’s Rome bureau chief. He was previously US M&A correspondent in New York and US economics & trade correspondent in Washington DC.

* Andrew Byrne (@aqbyrne) is now the FT’s Hungary correspondent, based in Budapest.

* Duncan Robinson (@duncanrobinson) has been appointed EU correspondent based in Brussels.

* James Shotter (@JamesShotter) has been named Frankfurt correspondent. He was previously UK companies reporter and Switzerland & Austria correspondent. The FT’s correspondents in Germany now report directly to Stefan Wagstyl in Berlin, chief correspondent in Germany.

* Lindsay Fortado joins the FT from Bloomberg as London-based legal correspondent in April.

* David Sheppard joins the FT from Reuters as deputy commodities editor in April.

Roula Khalaf, foreign editor and assistant editor at the FT, said: “The FT’s European coverage has been a must-read for world leaders since our first international edition in 1979, and these appointments demonstrate our commitment to continue setting the agenda in this important region. The creation of the European diplomatic editor role recognises new challenges in European diplomacy and growing questions about the future of the EU.”

Alex Barker (@alexebarker) has spent the last four years in Brussels as EU correspondent for the FT, breaking stories such as the UK’s €2.1bn EU surcharge. Before that he spent four years as a political correspondent in Westminster.