FT rolls out Europe Express, hires Valentina Pop as its editor

Today the Financial Times launches Europe Express, a daily newsletter for business leaders, policy makers and investors looking for agenda-setting insight on European affairs. Europe Express is written by the FT’s extensive European correspondent network and edited by Valentina Pop, who just joined for this new role.

The newsletter dives into the most consequential topics in European politics and policy, offering smart, punchy insight and analysis every weekday morning at 7am CET. It also explores critical developments that may not yet have made the headlines.

Valentina Pop joins the FT from the Wall Street Journal where she was a Brussels correspondent covering regulation and politics. A polyglot and self-confessed ‘EU geek’, she has been writing about European affairs for more than 10 years.

Roula Khalaf, editor of the Financial Times, said, "Europe's influence on global affairs and its leadership role on issues like climate, technology and the future of the digital economy means it is of crucial interest to the FT's audience. This new offering will give our readers the daily insight they need on the key developments across the continent.”

Pop added, “Building on the FT’s popular Brussels Briefing, Europe Express is broadening in scope to cover more national stories with a European resonance. Depending on what is driving the agenda that day, it can also look beyond the EU and provide analysis on its immediate neighbourhood including the UK, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.”

Europe Express is available for existing FT subscribers and trialists. With a focus on the two or three top stories that day, the newsletter will cover news and trends that cut across borders and markets. Readers are quickly brought up to speed on what is driving the European agenda, in Brussels, but also in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Athens or other capitals. On Thursdays, the newsletter will profile a person readers should keep an eye out for.

On 29 April, Pop will host ‘How will Europe get back to business?’ to launch Europe Express and invite FT readers to participate in a debate on the EU’s changing global relationships and what the post-pandemic recovery will mean for European business. This event is part of a series examining the new global agenda in light of Covid-19 and major social and political change.

In 2020 the FT was voted the most trusted media brand and Europe’s leading business publication by Ipsos for a fifth year running. The FT was also named most influential media brand in Brussels in EU Media Poll. Its 40-strong editorial network covers Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, BeneLux, the Nordics and Eastern Europe.

The FT is also running a major marketing and brand initiative across Europe this year to reaffirm its commitment to covering the most important business and political stories in Europe.


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