Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm

Research & Advocacy Coordinator – Eurozone

Leo joined Transparency International EU in 2015 to coordinate our project on the transparency and democratic accountability of EU economic governance institutions. Prior to joining TI, Leo worked at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and in the Director-General's team at DG Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN). Before entering EU affairs, he had a stint as disarmament attaché for the pacific island Republic of Nauru at the UN in New York, and worked to achieve the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as co-founder of the Nobel Peace Prize winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in Germany. He continues to be ICAN's EU-representative in Brussels. Raised between Berlin and Venice, Leo studied international relations, EU political economy, economics and anthropology in Berlin, Dresden, Buenos Aires and the College of Europe in Bruges.

Leo's Projects

Clean Contracts

Improving trust and transparency in public procurement

Eurozone Economic Governance

Deepening the EU’s economic governance with transparency and democratic accountability in mind

College of Europe Transparency Group

Partnering with Europe's young and bright to focus on the EU's democratic legitimacy

Recent News


Notice for research services – Eurogroup study

Call for tenders Application deadline: 07 September 2018 Purpose of assignment Deliver a study of the Eurogroup as an institution – answering questions such as who participates, where workstreams and documents are prepared and contributed from,...

Deepening the Eurozone with democratic legitimacy in mind

This week’s Euro Summit was long set to negotiate major reforms for the euro, including a possible European Monetary Fund and euro area budget. In this open letter, we ask Heads of State and Government to focus on the democratic legitimacy of...