Alain Cass (FT news editor, 1989-95)
I share a joke with Helmut Kohl, the German chancellor, in the FT newsroom at Southwark Bridge. “I have never seen anyone more on top of the world than Kohl on that occasion,” recalls Sir Geoffrey Owen, the paper’s editor at the time, who points out the visit came shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Coming over to the newsdesk with David Marsh, our Germany correspondent (barely visible in this photo, just to Alain’s left), Kohl said: “This fellow Marsh is a dangerous man and a big problem.” “I’m glad to hear it, chancellor,” I replied. “That’s what we pay him for.” Kohl heaved with laughter.