20th Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers

Europe’s Crises: Grexit, Brexit and Co.


Dr. Haig Simonian


Dr. Haig Simonian, born in 1955, studied philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Oxford. After writing a doctoral thesis on the topic of The Privileged Partnership: Franco-German Relations in the European Community 1969-1984 (1985), he went briefly into investment banking before turning to journalism. He started as a financial journalist at The Economist in 1984, then moved to be Frankfurt correspondent of the Financial Times in 1987. Subsequent postings were Milan and Paris. In 1999, he moved to Berlin as the Financial Times’s chief German correspondent, before going to Zurich to cover Switzerland and Austria in late 2003. In summer 2012, he stepped down to become a freelance writer.

Simonian has also undertaken extensive broadcasting and conference work, including a monthly column for Switzerland’s NZZ am Sonntag newspaper, regular slots on Swiss radio and television (German, French, and Italian), as well as periodic appearances in Germany and the UK.