Investigate Europe

Investigate Europe is a team of nine experienced journalists from eight European countries who research as a multinational team. They share, merge and crosscheck facts – tackling the usual national bias. They point out responsible transnational structures and actors in issues of European-wide relevance to make it possible to hold those in power accountable.

Journalismfund Europe allows them to investigate stories thoroughly and independently, by operating as a firewall between donors and journalists. The grant agreements are signed between the donors and Journalismfund Europe who is sub-granting to the individual journalists.  

Journalismfund Europe pays out the working grants and all expenses to the journalists and takes care of the financial reporting to both the team of journalists and the donors. This enables the journalists to focus on their prime goal ‘investigative journalism’ and to be rid of the administrative and financial burden. As such, Journalismfund Europe provides an incubator to allow Investigate Europe to further develop and to become established while simultaneously guaranteeing full independence from the donors.


  • Crina Boros - Crina is a London-based investigative reporter specialised in data-driven journalism, transparency and cross-border reporting.
  • Wojciech Ciesla - He has worked in different positions for the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, at the daily Rzeczpospolita and at the investigative desk of the daily Dziennik.
  • Ingeborg Eliassen was staff reporter at Vårt Land (Norway) (1985-1991) and at Stavanger Aftenblad (1991-2015), with postings as a correspondent in Washington DC and Brussels. Freelance since 2015.
  • Juliet Ferguson works alongside Elisa, coordinating the research and managing the day-to-day work of the organisation. She is a former journalist who has worked in the UK for the Telegraph and the BBC.
  • Nikolas Leontopoulos reported for 10 years for the newspaper Eleftherotypia. Since 2010 he has been reporting on the financial and the migration crisis for the international media.
  • Maria Maggiore - For 19 years she has reported on European issues from Brussels, amongst others for the daily newspaper La Stampa, for Italian Radio Popolare and for the TV-channel Euronews.
  • Leïla Miñano is a member of Youpress, a free-lance collective based in Paris covering international news around the world. 
  • Paulo Pena - For years Paulo was a reporter, and editor, of the weekly news magazine Visão, since 2014 he has been a senior reporter at the daily newspaper Público. (Portugal)
  • Harald Schumann has worked as a journalist since 1983, amongst others for the daily newspaper Tageszeitung (1984-86), Der Spiegel magazine (1986-2004), and since 2004 for the daily Berliner Tagesspiegel (Germany).
  • Elisa Simantke worked for the daily newspaper Berliner Tagesspiegel (2011-2016), initially reporting on daily news, from 2014 on European affairs in general and the Greek crisis in particular. (Germany)

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Journalismfund Europe manages the funds allocated to Investigate Europe by Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung, Open Society Initiative for Europe, Cariplo (foundations) and by private donor Karde-Marie Wirtz. Investigate Europe's stories are in no way assigned by the donors. The responsibility rests exclusively with the journalists.

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