We are nine experienced journalists from France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Romania. We do simultaneous research on issues of major public interest across the European continent. Our working methods mean close cross-border collaboration, and each member of the team is committed to sharing his or her research with the group. We base our work on the European charter on freedom of the press and recognize the Declaration of the rights and duties of journalists. We respect the editorial policy of the media partners of Investigate Europe.
Crina is a London-based investigative reporter specialised in data-driven journalism, transparency and cross-border reporting. She has published with titles such as BBC Newsnight, Radio 4 – The Report, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Greenpeace UK, ICIJ, ExaroNews, The Black Sea and more. Romanian-British and an IRE member, Crina also trains Computer-Assisted Reporting across Europe. She was part of the ICIJ team that won “Investigation of the Year” at the 2015 Data Journalism Awards for “Swiss Leaks”
Wojciech Ciesla, born 1972, studied literature at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. 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. Since 2012 he has been investigative reporter with the magazine Newsweek Polska. Wojciech has won several awards, among them the 2009 Grand Press Award for investigative reporting for articles about dirty business connections of the Polish chapter of Transparency International. Wojciech lives in Warsaw.
Ingeborg Eliassen, born 1961, studied political science, literature and journalism in Norway. She was staff reporter at Vårt Land (1985-1991) and at Stavanger Aftenblad (1991-2015), including postings as correspondent in Washington DC and Brussels. Since 2015 she has been working freelance. She has written books, most recently “Harde tider. Det nye arbeidslivet i Europa” (“Hard times. Europe’s new labour environment”) (2014) and “Angrep eller forsvar? Kampfly, norske verdier og sikkerhetspolitiske ambisjoner” (“Attack or defense? Fighter jets, Norwegian values and security policy ambitions”) (with Cathrine Sandnes, 2016). Ingeborg lives in Berlin.
Nikolas Leontopoulos, born 1971, 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. He collaborated in investigations with Reuters on banks, shipping and the media, and with the New York Times in the “Outlaw Ocean” series (winner of the Polk award). He is the co-founder of ReportersUnited. In 2017 he made two documentaries for VICE Greece: “Lobbies without Borders”, based on Investigate Europe’s research, and “The German Big Brother” revealing that the German BND was spying on hundreds of Greek political and business targets. Nikolas lives in Athens.
Maria Maggiore, born 1972, studied international law in Palermo and European journalism in Strasbourg. 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. In 2008 she launched, with a group of friends, the first European Parliament web TV, and for eight years she was its deputy editor-in-chief, in charge of TV reports from all of Europe. Maria now lives in Turin.
Leïla Miñano studied international public law, political science and journalism in France. She’s a member of Youpress, a free-lance collective based in Paris covering international news around the world. She has reported for several medias such as Vanity Fair, Mediapart, Libération, Marianne, Le Parisien Magazine, Le Figaro Magazine. She has written two books : La Guerre Invisible, about the sexual violences committed in the french military (with Julia Pascual, Les Arènes, 2014) – this work has led to a govenmental national plan against violences in the army – and Le Sacrifice de Palmyre (Grasset, 2016) an investigation about the fall of Palmyra in Syria.
Paulo Pena, born 1973, studied journalism in Lisbon and in Washington DC. For years he was a reporter, and editor, of the weekly newsmagazine Visão, since 2014 he has been senior reporter at the daily newspaper Público. Paulo has won several awards (for his reports on the Genoa G8 Summit, on Iceland and about labour market reforms), most recently the 2013 Gazeta journalism award for his reporting on the Portuguese banking scandal, also published as a book under the title “Jogos de Poder” (“Power Games”) (2014). Paulo lives in Lisbon.
Harald Schumann, born 1957, studied landscape architecture in Berlin and 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. He has written several books, among them “Die Globalisierungsfalle” (“The globalisation trap” ) (1996), co-authored with Hans-Peter Martin and translated into 24 languages. Harald has won multiple awards, among them the 2012 Ernst-Schneider-Preis of German business for testing speculation during the Greek crisis and the 2013 German Television Award for the documentary “Staatsgeheimnis Bankenrettung” (“The secret bank bailout”). Harald lives in Berlin.
Elisa Simantke, born 1986, studied economy and politics at the University of Cologne and journalism at the Journalism School Cologne. She 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. In 2015, Elisa won the Otto-Brenner-Preis for critical journalism for her multimedia research project “Europoly” about forced privatisations in the crisis countries of the eurozone. Elisa lives in Berlin.