Politico to Launch European Site

Prepare yourself, Europe.

Politico is preparing to expand to Europe with the launch of Politico Europe. The site will use the similar tactic taken by Politico and Capital New York — a free site with subscription-only verticals that focus on one subject, like tech.

Politico Europe is a partnership between Politico and German media company Axel Springer. It will launch April 21.

“We are assembling a roster of some of the most talented reporters and editors on the continent – a mix of respected veterans and ascendant younger journalists – who are ready to help shake up a European media scene, which, in our judgment, is in need of something different,” stated a memo from Politico Europe executive editor Matt Kaminski, Politico editor-in-chief John Harris and Politico Europe managing director Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson.

Below are some of the most notable hires:

  • Ryan Heath joins as a reporter, responsible for penning a morning column much like Politico’s Playbook.
  • Pierre Briançon will lead coverage in France. He previously served as Europe editor Reuters Breakingviews and Dow Jones Paris bureau chief.
  • Jan Cienski, most recently The Economist’s Poland correspondent, will serve as energy edior.
  • Tunku Varadarajan will serve as a contributing editor. He is a former editor of Newsweek and editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal.
  • Linda Kinstler, former New Republic managing editor, will also serve as a contributing editor.

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