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Commercial? Yes
Type of site Newspaper focusing on EU institutional news
Owner ASBL
Launched 2000
Current status Active is an independent online newspaper focusing on politics related to the institutions of the European Union (EU). The website is owned by ASBL, a non-profit association registered under Belgium law.[1] Established in 2000, the EUobserver claims to be the largest online daily news site focused on the EU with over 60,000 readers and the second most read EU-related news source used by journalists after the Financial Times.[2][3]

While it is difficult amongst the Brussels-based news outlets covering the EU institutions to discern a left-right spectrum similar to that which exists in most national newspaper markets, EUobserver in its news coverage has a clear emphasis on human rights, transparency, anti-corruption, environmentalism and the democratisation of the European Union, which marks it out from its competitors such as the European Voice, Euractiv, Europolitics and The Parliament. However, although it publishes comment pieces and blogs reflecting opinion from across the political spectrum, it does not publish its own leaders or editorials.

In 2003, the website temporarily agreed to put their story summaries in the public domain so that they could be used in Wikipedia's Current events pages.[4]

2 June 2008, the website was redesigned in order to be "in compliance with modern web standards as specified by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)."[5] The update also introduced video capabilities, blogs and chat.

The website's editor is Lisbeth Kirk, Danish journalist, the wife of Jens-Peter Bonde, a former Danish Member of the European Parliament who used to co-chair the Independence and Democracy group of eurocritical MEPs in the European Parliament.[6]


  1. ^ Contact Information, EUobserver, accessed on 2008-05-31
  2. ^
  3. ^ Eu Observer readership, EUobserver, accessed on 2008-05-31
  4. ^ See Wikipedia:EUobserver cooperation for details
  5. ^ EUobserver
  6. ^ Bonde's CV, Bonde's website, accessed on 2008-05-31


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