Author Archives: Sabine Muscat

Ten Years FT Deutschland. Part 8: The South

What is not to like about the American South? It has New Orleans, where you can listen to the big band at Snug Harbour or watch Kermit Ruffins fry sausages between his gigs. And it has Charleston where you can sip … Continue reading

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Ten Years FT Deutschland. Part 7: Texas and Alaska

Two places in the U.S. that I would have liked to write more about are Texas and Alaska. Texas is to the U.S. what Bavaria is to Germany – a place with a strong economy that values its heritage, votes … Continue reading

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Ten Years FT Deutschland. Part 6: The Midwest

The Midwest was where it all began for Barack Obama – and for me. Democrats and Republicans hold the first primaries for the nomination of their Presidential candidates in Iowa. Two weeks into my assignment as FTD’s Washington correspondent in … Continue reading

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Ten Years FT Deutschland. Part 5(b): Pakistan

The mullahs greeted us with all the respect that is due to guests in Pakistan. Maulana Sami Ul Haq, leader of the Haqqani Islamic seminary in Akora Khattak, received us in his office. We sat on sofas facing a group … Continue reading

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Ten Years FT Deutschland. Part 5(a): Afghanistan

My first encounter with Afghanistan happened in the pedestrian zone of Königswinter. Instead of the mountain range of the Hindu Kush I could see the Petersberg mountain by Bonn. In late November 2001, hundreds of Afghan leaders as well as … Continue reading

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Ten Years FT Deutschland. Part 4: India

If you are looking for challenges as a reporter, try P. Chidambaram. The man who currently serves his third stint as India’s Finance Minister was clearly not impressed when a young female reporter walked into his hotel suite in Berlin … Continue reading

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Ten Years FT Deutschland. Part 3: South East Asia

The Tiger Bar in Phuket was the last place where I would have seen myself on New Year’s Eve 2004. It was filled with techno beats, smoke and drunken tourists, many with Thai girls sitting on their laps. It was … Continue reading

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Ten Years FT Deutschland. Part 2: China

North Korea might have kept me busy during the first few months in my job, but as a China Studies major, of course I longed to go back to China. In the summer of 2004, a fellowship by International Journalists’ … Continue reading

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Ten Years FT Deutschland. Part 1: North Korea

When I started my job as Asia desk editor of FT Deutschland in February 2003, the crisis over North Korea’s nuclear activities became my personal crisis. I had hoped to flaunt my knowledge about China in my first weeks on … Continue reading

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Death of a Newspaper

Tectonic shifts in my journalism career usually happen on the day before Thanksgiving. On November 21, German publisher Gruner + Jahr decided to shut down Financial Times Deutschland – making me the paper’s last Washington correspondent. Ten years ago on the day before … Continue reading

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