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25 May 2016: The Financial Times announces the appointment of Arthur Beesley (@BeesleyIT) as its European diplomatic correspondent. Beesley will be based in Brussels and report into Alex Barker (@alexebarker) who has recently assumed the role of Brussels bureau chief.
Beesley joins from the Irish Times where he was economics editor. Prior to that he served as Brussels correspondent, and he has held a number of senior roles at the title during a 20-year career in journalism.
FT editor Lionel Barber said: “As European diplomatic correspondent Arthur will further strengthen the FT’s award-winning Brussels team. His appointment will help meet increasing demand for more in-depth reports on Europe among our global readers.”
The FT’s coverage of Europe and the eurozone financial crisis, including the series How The Euro Was Saved, has consistently topped the most-read topics on FT.com this decade. In 2012, 2013 and 2015, the FT Brussels team won recognition for its eurozone coverage at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. In 2016, Gideon Rachman, FT’s chief foreign affairs commentator, was named commentator of the year by the European Press Prize.
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