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 ECFIN. Before entering EU affairs, he had a stint as disarmament attaché for the pacific island 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, which he also represents 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


Eurozone watchdog network launched

On 5 December 2017, Transparency International EU launched the Eurozone watchdog network with 18 partner organisations. We launched this network one day before the Commission’s formal proposals to reform Eurozone governance. This is an open...

New Eurogroup President faces long to do list

Monday, the Eurogroup will choose a new President among the shortlisted candidates from Portugal, Luxembourg, Latvia and Slovakia. Whoever is chosen will face the daunting task of reconnecting the Eurogroup with the citizens it serves.

Keynesians ready to take on Brussels

Keynesians ready to take on Brussels: last month saw the end of the College of Europe’s academic year, with the Transparency Group closing conference and the Transparency International thesis prize awarded for the best anti-corruption theses: