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TypeOnline newspaper
Owner(s) ASBL
Founder(s)Lisbeth Kirk

EUobserver is a European online newspaper, launched in 2000 by the Brussels-based organisation ASBL.

The newspaper provides both daily reports and in-depth coverage on international affairs related to the European Union (EU).[1] It is regarded as one of the first English language media outlets dedicated to the reporting of EU affairs,[2] since joined by The Brussels Times, EURACTIV and Politico Europe.[3]


The website was first launched in 2000 by Lisbeth Kirk, a Danish journalist.[citation needed]

There is much academic debate over whether EUobserver, along with other similar publications, can be considered to be contributing to the creation of a pan-European public sphere.[4][5]

Kirk served as both editor-in-chief and business chief of the paper until 2015,[6] after which she was replaced by Eric Maurice, who took over as editor-in-chief of the publication.[7] In 2019, Koert Debeuf was appointed as new editor-in-chief of EUobserver.[8]

The British American journalist James Kanter took over as editor-in-chief from February 2022 until March 2022.[9][10] At the same time, the Brussels-based commentator Shada Islam joined EUobserver as editor of the EUobserver magazine.[11]


The newspaper claims both financial independence from EU institutions and a daily circulation of 60,000.[12][13]

In a 2008 poll of 100 Brussels-based journalists by APCO, one third claimed to use the publication as their source for EU news, making it, at the time, the "second most influential" media outlet reporting on EU affairs behind the Financial Times.[14] Also, in a 2016 media survey, conducted by ComRes and Burson-Marsteller on 'What Influences the Influencers', it was found that EUobserver tended to be the preferred source of news for EU officials.[15]

Since EUobserver is an online medium, with the exception of its quarterly magazine editions,[16] it relies on a growing social media following on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, reaching 330,000 followers in 2019.[17]

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  1. ^ Nugent, Neill (2011). "Guide to Further Reading". The Government and Politics of the European Union. The European Union Series (7th ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. p. 464. ISBN 9780230241183. OCLC 745517862. EUobserver provides an extremely useful report on daily issues concerning the EU.
  2. ^ Mollin, Sandra (2006). Euro-English : assessing variety status. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag. p. 56. ISBN 9783823362500. OCLC 804963256. Every newspaper stand in Europe provides English-language newspapers and magazines, yet none of them are produced on the European Continent expressly with the intention of reaching a Continental European audience. Rather, newspapers such as the International Tribute or magazines such as Time or Newsweek are intended for a readership of English native speakers abroad and an international elite of non-native speakers. Thus, we cannot really group these under the heading of 'English in European media'. The only first development in this direction is, to the author's knowledge, the online news magazine EU Observer, which presents EU-related news to a European audience in English.
  3. ^ Kelstrup, Jesper Dahl (2016). The Politics of Think Tanks in Europe. Routledge. p. 124. ISBN 9781138918320. OCLC 935193101. One of the factors that restrict advocacy think tanks in the EU from emerging is the lack of widely read European media, not disregarding, EUobserver, and EurActiv.
  4. ^ Sinardet, Dave (2011). "Multilingual democracy and public sphere: what Belgium and the EU can learn from each other". In Gosseries, Axel; Vanderborght, Yannick (eds.). Arguing about justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs. Presses Universitaires de Louvain. p. 312. ISBN 9782874632754. OCLC 904310256. A European public sphere can be imagined in two ways. The first is a pan-European public sphere, carried by pan European media, available across the entire EU territory. Some of these exist today (Arte, Euronews, European Voice, EUobserver, ...), but reach a very limited audience [...] A problem for the rise of such European media is obviously the absence of a common language in the EU as English cannot (yet) be considered the lingua franca of all its social classes and geographical areas.
  5. ^ "EU Observer Media Kit" (PDF). Silchester Marketing.
  6. ^ Heath, Ryan (2016-10-07). "The Women Who Shape Brussels". Politico Europe. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  7. ^ "EUobserver About Section". EUobserver.
  8. ^ "Politico EU Influence". Politico. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-10-01.
  9. ^ "James Kanter, Shada Islam are new editors at EUobserver". EUobserver. 17 January 2022. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  10. ^ "About Us". EUobserver. Retrieved 1 April 2022.
  11. ^ "Shada Islam". College of Europe. Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  12. ^ "". 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  13. ^ "EU Observer Media Kit" (PDF). Silchester Marketing.
  14. ^ Terzis, Georgios (2015). Mapping foreign correspondence in Europe. Routledge. p. 27. ISBN 9780415719001. OCLC 955586223. Of these media the Financial Times has a stable position as the leading news source [...] The second most influential media among journalists is EUobserver, a Brussels-based online news source. A third of correspondents said they got their EU news from the EUobserver in the APCO poll, while 53 per cent said they read news on the site at least once a week, according to the ComRes ZN survey.
  15. ^ "What Influences the Influencers? 2016 EU Media Poll findings unveiled". Burson Marsteller EU. January 28, 2016.
  16. ^ "The Color Club EUobserver Magazine Design". The Color Club.
  17. ^ "EUobserver Media Kit 2019" (PDF).

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