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EUobserver is an independent online newspaper which values free thinking and plain speech. We aim to support European democracy by giving people the information they need to hold the EU establishment to account.

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EUobserver is a non-profit organisation established in Brussels in 2000. It is financially and editorially independent of the EU institutions. Our team of experienced journalists file daily news reports from the EU capital and do in-depth investigations on topics of special interest. If you want EUobserver to look into a specific issue, please contact our editors. We protect our sources.

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Team

Lisbeth Kirk  ✉

Editor-in-chief

Lisbeth is the founder and managing editor of EUobserver. She has a degree from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Prior to EUobserver, she worked as a journalist, analyst, editor, and consultant for Danish media, including Notat and Danmarks Radio.

Honor Mahony  ✉

Senior editor and journalist

Honor has worked for EUobserver since 2003 and comes from Ireland. She began by covering institutional relations and treaty-change talks, but currently oversees the site's news content. She also writes the (almost) weekly EUobserved column.

Andrew Rettman  ✉

Foreign editor and journalist

Andrew has been writing on foreign relations for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish and has a degree in English literature from Oxford University. He also contributes to The Guardian, The Telegraph and to Intelligence Online.

Valentina Pop  ✉

News editor and journalist

Valentina has worked for EUobserver since 2008, first covering home affairs and now political affairs. She is from Romania and speaks five European languages. In 2013, she was awarded the first-ever Prize for European Journalism by the Belgian Evens Foundation.

Nikolaj Nielsen  ✉

Journalist

Nikolaj joined EUobserver in 2012 and covers home affairs. He is originally from Denmark, but spent much of his life in France and in the US. He won a King Baudouin Foundation grant for investigative journalism in 2010.

Benjamin Fox  ✉

Journalist

Benjamin came to EUobserver in 2012 and covers economic affairs. Originally from the UK, he moved to Brussels in 2006 and spent six years as a political advisor in the European Parliament. He also contributes to The Guardian, New Statesman and the British Influence think tank.

Peter Teffer  ✉

Journalist

Peter joined EUobserver in 2014 and covers energy, environment, transport and food. He is from the Netherlands, where he continues to write for Dutch media such as NRC Handelsblad. He studied journalism in Utrecht, Ottawa and Aarhus and political science in Amsterdam.

Tobias Andreasen  ✉

Design and creative

Online since 1998. Studied at The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark. Has worked for a number of larger clients in Denmark, larger Newspapers, Television Networks among others. Still working and growing stronger, to give viewers the best user experience – online as well as offline.

Filip Lugovic  ✉

Director of business development

Filip is in charge of EUobserver's revenue gathering activities. He is from the EU's newest member state, Croatia, and joined EUobserver in 2007. He spent most of his life in Russia and the US before moving to Brussels. He has an MBA in "lobbying and business representation."

Daniele Castaldelli  ✉

Account manager

Daniele joined EUobserver in 2013. He manages relationships with our clients, as well as general marketing and sales. He moved to Brussels from Italy, where he graduated in political science with a thesis on EU lobbying.

Martin Koch Andersen  ✉

Technologist

Martin created the EUobserver website and its backend systems. He is based in Denmark and manages EUobserver's technical operations. He has a master's degree in software development from the IT University in Copenhagen.

Meg Chang  ✉

Social media and project manager

Meg joined EUobserver in 2010 as a finance and project manager. Since then, her responsibilities have expanded into managing EUobserver's social media strategy. She previously worked as a project manager and business consultant for Fortune 500 companies in the US, Europe and Asia.

Board

EUobserver is a non-profit organisation established under Belgian law as an ASBL. Its board consists of:

Christian Harlang

Christian is a law practitioner working with both national and international law, known for doing litigation in milestone cases on constitutional and human rights. His lawfirm also conducts cases on commercial and administrative law, etc. He has more than 25 years experience as member of boards of business companies, philanthropic foundations, etc.

Paul Kidner

Paul joined EUobserver's board in 2009 after working as our business manager. Currently based in Athens, he is a co-founder of Greek mobile phone marketing firm Fweebi. He is also the Greek representative of the Swiss NGO, the Limmat Stiftung.

Martin Moos

Martin joined the board in 2011. Based in Copenhagen, he is the founder and CEO of ColorClub, a graphic design firm with branches in Denmark, Sweden and Asia.

Free Press

EUobserver is not funded by the EU institutions.

It generates its own income from advertising and news-syndication. It also receives support from the Adessium foundation in the Netherlands. In 2014, it won a project grant from the Open Society Foundations.

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