18th Oct 2019

About Us

Influential. Investigative. Independent.

EUobserver is a not-for-profit, independent online newspaper established in Brussels in 2000. We value free thinking and plain speech and aim to support European democracy by reflecting the voice of people and by giving people the information they need to hold the EU establishment to account.

Our goal

European journalism is essential in making European democracy actually function. Today, there is a gap between the decision-makers in Brussels and the people they represent. Our goal is to fill this gap by reporting on how decisions are made in the European Union, and by giving people the possibility of making their voice heard within the European institutions.

We do this through our articles, our exclusive news stories, our cross-border investigations, our opinion platform and through our relentless quest for transparency and accountability.

Our reach

The EUobserver is the fourth-most influential news platform in the European institutions. With a small but dedicated team, we succeed in having an impact. Our reporting has made sure that issues were put on the EU agenda, that ordinary people from Europe and beyond have been heard in Brussels, and even forced officials to resign because they did not live up to the moral standards the EU should have.

Our principles

EUobserver is the only independent news media covering EU affairs in Brussels and beyond. We are not funded by the EU institutions. We generate our own income from membership, group subscriptions, advertising and news-syndication. We also receive institutional grant support from the Adessium Foundation.

We pledge never to take any financial support from the tobacco industry, the defence industry, nor from any entity, private or public, that does not respect the full independence of our journalism.

Therefore, the support from our readers through membership and group subscriptions is essential.

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Our team

Koert Debeuf

Interim Editor-in-Chief

Koert is a former spokesman for the Belgian prime minister, an EUobserver blogger from Cairo, and worked in the European Parliament. He has contributed as a writer and columnist in several European, American and Middle East newspapers.

Lisbeth Kirk


Lisbeth founded EUobserver in 2000 and is responsible to the Board for effective strategic leadership, planning and performance. After graduating from the Danish School of Media and Journalism, she worked as a journalist, analyst, and editor for Danish media.

Andrew Rettman

Foreign Editor

Andrew has been writing on foreign affairs 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.

Nikolaj Nielsen


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 was awarded the King Baudouin Foundation grant for investigative journalism in 2010.

Eszter Zalan


Eszter is from Hungary. She reported on conflict and war zones for Nepszabadsag, the largest Hungarian daily, for several years, and has also covered Hungary for Agence France Presse. Eszter joined EUobserver in 2015.

Elena Sánchez Nicolás


Elena joined EUobserver in 2019. She is from Spain and has studied journalism and new media in Spanish and Belgian universities. Previously she worked on European affairs at VoteWatch Europe and the Spanish news agency EFE.

Matthew Tempest

Journalist and Comment Editor

Matthew joined EUobserver in June 2018. Previously he worked as a reporter for The Guardian in London, and as editor for AFP in Paris and DPA in Berlin.

Henner Sorg

Account Manager

Henner joined EUobserver in 2016. He is originally from Germany and has been educated at British universities. He has worked as a communications and policy officer in Brussels for over 10 years.

Atufa Ali

Business Administration

Atufa joined EUobserver in 2018. She is from Pakistan and was educated in France & Brussels. With a masters in finance, Atufa previously worked for a number of hotels and industries in Brussels as finance & payroll consultant.

Elie Bizimana

Sales and Marketing

Elie joined EUobserver in April 2018. He was educated in Belgium and Scotland where he studied Business Management, and graduated with a marketing honours degree. Prior to EUobserver Elie worked in administration, customer relations, sales and marketing.

Tobias Andreasen

Design and Creative

Tobias studied at The Graphic Arts Institute of Denmark. He has worked for a number of clients in Denmark, including national newspapers and television networks, among others.

Martin Koch Andersen


Martin has been with EUobserver since its inception. He is the creator of EUobserver's website and backend systems. He is based in Denmark and has a master's degree in software development from the IT University in Copenhagen.

Our board

EUobserver is a not-for-profit organisation established as an ASBL under Belgian law. Our board consists of:

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.

Paul Kidner

Paul leads the PRAKSIS Business Coaching Center, an NGO programme dedicated to supporting new businesses in Greece. He has developed and launched a platform to create sources of seed-funding for aspiring entrepreneurs. Paul has 20 years of experience in business development, innovation and social impact.

Saskia Horsch

Saskia joined EUobserver's board in 2014. She is Head of Public Policy for Germany and CEE at Amazon. A qualified lawyer with over 10 years of experience in public affairs, she previously worked for Brussels-based consultancy firms as well as for the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition.

Andras Baneth

Andras heads the Public Affairs Council's European office, the largest global association of public affairs professionals. He has worked in the European Commission and the European Court of Justice and wrote the bestselling 'The Ultimate EU Test Book'. Andras joined EUobserver's board in 2014.

Bill Emmott

Bill was editor-in-chief of The Economist for 13 years, is the author of 13 books, the latest The Fate of the West, and is now an independent writer and consultant, chair of The Wake Up Foundation and a director of InFacts, an anti-Brexit website.

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