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Judith Vonberg

Location icon United Kingdom

Until October 2018 I worked as a freelance journalist on the digital news team in the London bureau of CNN International, where I began as an intern in January 2017. In early 2018, I also worked as a freelance news writer at The Independent.

From June to September 2017, I was a key player in designing and coordinating a project to grow CNN's audience in Germany. This involved writing news stories, producing distinctive features, analysis pieces and graphics-led articles, and working closely with colleagues in Berlin and with the CNN Style and Travel teams.

My articles on migration, Anglo-German relations and European culture have also been published by The Guardian, New Statesman and BuzzFeed and I have appeared on BBC TV World News and BBC Radio Scotland discussing the refugee crisis.

I also have a doctorate in Anglo-German Cultural Relations, which I received in 2017. My PhD thesis explores the mutual depictions of Britons and Germans in British and German popular culture just after the Second World War.

I now work as a Communications Officer for Migrant Voice, a London-based charity that seeks to change the media narrative on migration by empowering migrants and refugees to tell their stories.

Portfolio

HIGHLIGHTS - FEATURES

CNN
03/10/2018
She had no sanitary pads. No one knew and no one helped

Period poverty is often seen as a problem confined to developing countries. But recent surveys in the UK have exposed startling rates in one of the world's richest countries, sparking a national conversation.

CNN
22/02/2018
'We can't just stop breathing': A global scandal, made in Germany

A piece of gray pipe hangs among the potted plants on Susanne Jallow's apartment balcony. Hidden inside the nondescript tube is a tiny computer, seven cables and a particle sensor. In most places, the device would make for an unusual garden accessory. But it is a common sight in Stuttgart, southwest Germany, where hundreds of the gadgets hang in homes and backyards across the city.

CNN
22/09/2017
No place to pray: Why Munich’s Muslims are turning to old pubs and churches

The sound of Muslim prayer drifts out from the old pub onto the street, as men and women inside kneel on rugs laid down carefully minutes earlier. A Jewish man stands in the doorway, listening intently, and a woman in the corner of the room feeds her baby. Soon, the imam begins to preach, his sermon — in German — washing over the faithful.

CNN
28/04/2017
Sergey Ponomarev: A lens on Syria

His latest exhibition, "A Lens on Syria," is now showing at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London, a visual testimony to a war that -- at the last count a year ago -- has killed 400,000 civilians and created 4.9 million refugees. "I was there before the war," Ponomarev explains.

CNN
2/4/2017
Living with autism - as a woman

Laura James, 47, is a successful journalist and author. She's a wife to Tim and mother to four adult children. She likes fashion, cats and writing. She's eloquent and quick-witted. She also has autism.

HIGHLIGHTS - ANALYSIS

CNN
21/11/2017
What next for Germany as Merkel myth implodes?

It was just before midnight on Sunday when Christian Lindner, leader of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP), made the stunning announcement that his party was pulling out of coalition talks. Exhausted, emotional and flanked by his team of negotiators, he told reporters there was "no common vision" and no "common basis of trust" among the four parties.

CNN
11/09/2017
How Germany stacks up against its neighbors

When German voters head to the polls on September 24, they'll have to choose from a record 42 parties, but there are just two realistic candidates for Chancellor -- incumbent Angela Merkel, of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and her Social Democratic Party (SPD) rival, Martin Schulz.

CNN
06/09/2017
Martin Schulz: Germany's Bernie Sanders?

He's a former alcoholic, an ex-soccer player and he doesn't have a university degree. Martin Schulz is not your average candidate for Chancellor. But on September 24, the votes of millions of Germans will decide whether he will replace Angela Merkel, Germany's leader since 2005.

CNN
22/2/2017
How some European countries are tightening their refugee policies

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order this week that would temporarily halt travel from citizens of seven nations he says pose a high risk of terrorism. Before it was halted in the courts, his initial order -- which banned travel for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, barred all refugees for 120 days, and refugees from Syria indefinitely -- caused chaos at airports and prompted outrage around the world.

Migrants' Rights Network
24/08/2015
Al Jazeera will not say Mediterranean 'migrants', but we should

By rejecting the term and using ‘refugee’ instead as a means of arousing the empathy and compassion we should be feeling towards these people, Al Jazeera gives credence to the illiberal voices telling us that migrants are not worthy of our compassion.

HIGHLIGHTS - NEWS

CNN International
4/9/2018
Branded cheats, they're fighting back

The UK Home Office is under fire for revoking the visas of tens of thousands of foreigners after it accused them of cheating in an English language test.

CNN
03/05/2018
Nobel Prize for Literature in jeopardy over sex scandal

In recent weeks, six members of the Swedish Academy -- one of Sweden's most highly respected cultural bodies -- have stepped down, including the head of the institution, Sara Danius. The flurry of withdrawals is potentially catastrophic for the 230-year-old academy, whose members, elected by secret ballot, must be approved by the King and traditionally hold their positions for life.

CNN
7/12/2017
'Jerusalem is our right:' Palestinians enraged by Trump decision

Disillusioned and disappointed Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem on Thursday following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Some were angry, others resigned, saying a peace process appeared all but impossible.

CNN
24/10/2017
First day on the job: Meet Germany's new far-right politicians

Germany's 709 members of parliament are gathering Tuesday for the first time since federal elections exactly one month ago. All eyes will be on the 92 lawmakers representing Alternative for Germany (AfD), the first far-right party to enter the country's parliament in almost 60 years.

International news

CNN
25/09/2018
Pope: Church has lost credibility over abuse scandal

Pope Francis told a crowd of young people in the Estonian capital Tallinn on Tuesday that he understood that many of them were "upset" by the sexual abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church and that the institution had lost credibility as a result.

CNN
20/9/2018
Woman prosecuted over abortion pills appeals

A court in Northern Ireland will hear a landmark abortion case Thursday as a woman appeals the decision to prosecute her for buying abortion pills for her 15-year-old daughter in 2013.

CNN
17/9/2018
China says Sweden violated tourists' human rights

A disagreement between a group of Chinese tourists and a hostel in the Swedish capital has escalated into a diplomatic spat, with China accusing Sweden of violating the visitors' human rights.

CNN
4/9/2018
Dozens of elephant carcasses found in Botswana

Almost 90 elephant carcasses have been found during a survey of elephant populations in northern Botswana, revealing "unprecedented" levels of poaching in the country, according to Elephants Without Borders.

CNN
24/8/2018
Spain paves way to move Franco's remains

The Spanish cabinet approved a decree that would allow former dictator Francisco Franco's remains to be removed from the memorial where they have lain since he died in 1975.

CNN
21/8/2018
At least 10 dead in Italy flooding

At least 10 people died Monday in flooding caused by heavy rain in the southern Italian region of Calabria, a spokesman for the Italian Civil Protection told CNN.

CNN
14/8/2018
Sweden: Dozens of cars set on fire in one night

Around 80 cars were set on fire and a further 40 vandalized in the city of Gothenburg in western Sweden on Monday night, according to Hans Lippens, police spokesman for the country's western region.

CNN
19/7/2018
Evacuations ordered as fires rage in Sweden

Nearly 100 people were forced to leave their homes overnight, the latest affected by dozens of wildfires raging across Sweden as far north as the Arctic Circle.

CNN
16/7/2018
France rocks after World Cup win

As the heavens opened in Russia and torrential rain lashed down upon the triumphant French team, millions took to the streets of Paris in celebration.

CNN
6/7/2018
Former Pakistan PM sentenced to ten years in prison

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and handed an £8 million ($10.5 million) fine over corruption charges related to his family's purchase of overseas properties, dealing a blow to his party's prospects ahead of a general election later this month.

CNN
16/6/2018
Sebastian Kurz walks a 'thin red line' in Europe

As Angela Merkel faces a rebellion within her own government, Sebastian Kurz's star is on the rise. That's cause for celebration for hardline conservatives, but what his rule means for Europe is far from clear.

CNN
08/06/2018
Iraqi migrant wanted for murder of German teen caught

An Iraqi migrant suspected of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in western Germany was arrested by Kurdish forces in Iraq one day after German police issued an international warrant for his arrest.

CNN
08/06/2018
Austria to close seven mosques, expel imams

Austria's right-wing government plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 60 imams in what it described as "just the beginning" of a crackdown on "political Islam" and foreign-funded Islamic communities.

CNN
05/06/2018
Putin speaks to Trump regularly, denies trying to divide Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and US President Donald Trump "regularly talk over the phone" and that the pair work well together in the fight against international terrorism, but suggested a formal summit between the two was not imminent despite mounting speculation.

CNN
05/06/2018
At least 100 killed in year's deadliest migrant disaster

At least 100 people are believed to have died after a boat carrying migrants sank off the coast of Tunisia on Saturday, the highest death toll in any single migration attempt this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced Tuesday.

CNN
04/06/2018
US envoy to Germany provokes backlash in interview

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have criticized US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell for giving an interview to far-right news platform Breitbart in which he said he wants to "empower" European conservatives.

CNN
04/06/2018
Netanyahu starts European tour to persuade leaders to quit Iran deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a three-day trip to persuade the leaders of Germany, France and the UK to quit the Iran nuclear deal, meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday to discuss the threat he says Tehran poses to his country and the wider Middle East.

CNN
01/06/2018
New prime minister sworn in to lead populist Italian government

A law professor who has never held political office was sworn in as Italy's new Prime Minister on Friday afternoon, bringing to power a populist new government whose senior figures whipped up anti-immigrant and euroskeptic sentiments in their path to office.

CNN
31/05/2018
Italy to be led by populist, euroskeptic government

In a remarkable case of political deja vu, Italy's President has appointed Giuseppe Conte, a law professor and political novice, as the country's new prime minister, the secretary of the presidential palace announced Thursday.

CNN
30/05/2018
'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appears on Ukrainian TV

A Russian journalist and critic of the Kremlin, reported to have been shot dead in Ukraine, showed up alive at a press conference on Wednesday to declare that his murder was faked by Ukrainian security services in an effort to foil an assassination plot against him.

CNN
09/05/2018
Erdogan calls Jerusalem US Embassy move 'huge mistake'

Speaking exclusively to CNN in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdogan said that there was "nothing to gain" by the move and urged the US to reverse the decision while there was still time to do so, repeating his claim that "East Jerusalem is the capital city of Palestine" and will one day be home to an embassy serving Turkey's interests in a Palestinian state.

CNN
08/05/2018
Armenia protest leader Nikol Pashinyan elected prime minister

Thousands of Pashinyan's supporters, who had gathered in a central square in the capital, Yerevan, to watch the vote on large screens, erupted into cheers when the result was announced. Pashinyan's victory amounts to a peaceful revolution in Armenia, a small nation of around 3 million people squeezed between Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

CNN
04/05/2018
Nobel Prize in Literature postponed after sex scandal

The academy, one of Sweden's most respected institutions, made the announcement Friday morning following a meeting of its remaining active members Thursday evening. "We find it necessary to commit time to recovering public confidence in the academy before the next laureate can be announced," Anders Olsson, the academy's permanent secretary, said in a statement.

CNN
03/05/2018
Abbasolute scandal: Swedish meatballs are really Turkish

In a declaration that has shocked the country's culinary aficionados, Sweden's official Twitter account has suggested the dish may have originated in Turkey. "Swedish meatballs are actually based on a recipe King Charles XII brought home from Turkey in the early 18th century," the tweet said. "Let's stick to the facts!"

CNN
02/05/2018
Brazil fire: Sao Paulo building consumed in deadly blaze

The dramatic fire broke out on the fifth floor of the 26-story building, which collapsed in a fireball an hour and a half later, according to the Brazilian Civil Defense. Seven other buildings were evacuated in the surrounding area. The blaze started at 1:36 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Sao Paulo Fire Department spokesman.

CNN
01/05/2018
America's second 'princess': Why Meghan Markle is a modern Grace Kelly

On April 4, 1956, hundreds of journalists gathered at New York's waterfront to catch a glimpse of Grace Kelly as the Oscar-winning actress boarded the ocean liner that would take her to Europe -- and to the man she was engaged to marry, Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.

CNN
30/04/2018
South Korean leader suggests Trump deserves Nobel for role in talks

A former South Korean President, Kim Dae-jung, won the prize in 2000 for his role in setting up a previous summit with North Korea, and his widow suggested Monday that Moon should also get the award. Moon demurred in response, saying the US President ought to get it instead.

CNN
30/04/2018
The mystery of the missing White House tree has been solved

Rumors swirled after a picture taken by Reuters photographer Yuri Gripas appeared to show a yellow spot on the South Lawn of the White House where the tree had previously stood. Late Sunday, the French ambassador to the US, Gerard Araud, said the tree's "disappearance" was only temporary.

CNN
25/04/2018
Inventor Peter Madsen given life sentence for Kim Wall murder

Madsen was found guilty on all three charges he faced: premeditated murder, the indecent handling of a corpse and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly dangerous nature," evidenced by stab wounds inside and outside Wall's genital area.

CNN
12/04/2018
Syrian regime 'highly likely' to blame for chemical attack, UK says

British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the UK would take. Ministers said there was need to "deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime," and alleviate the humanitarian situation, a Downing Street statement said.

CNN
30/03/2018
New footage shows Kim Jong Un holding court inside train

Those rumors were later confirmed and pictures began to emerge showing Kim on his first foreign trip since assuming power in 2011, meeting with China's President Xi Jinping and other high-level Chinese officials. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has now published footage revealing new details of the historic trip.

CNN
29/03/2018
Two Spaniards arrested over smuggling of ISIS-looted artifacts

Authorities there believe this to be the first ever police operation against the financing of terrorism through the looting of art. The suspects, both 31-year-old Spanish nationals, are art experts who bought the pieces -- known in the market as "blood antiquities" -- to sell in their gallery, according to a police statement Wednesday that did not specify where the gallery was located.

The Independent
26/03/2018
China Air Force drill causes Taiwan to scramble jets

Jets from Taiwan were sent to shadow Chinese air force fighter jets flying through the Bashi Channel just south of the island on Monday, according to Taiwan's defence ministry, further escalating tensions between the countries.

The Independent
26/03/2018
America's oldest gunmaker has just filed for bankruptcy

After more than 200 years in business, America's oldest gunmaker has fil ed for b ankruptcy. Remington Outdoor Company 's chief financial officer, Stephen Jackson, said the company's sales had fallen significantly in the last year, in court papers filed over the weekend.

The Independent
17/03/2018
Trump lawyers seek $20m from Stormy Daniels

A law firm representing President Donald Trump and the corporation owned by Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, have claimed porn star Stormy Daniels could owe more than $20m (£14.3m) in damages for violating a nondisclosure agreement that prevented her speaking about an alleged affair with the US President.

The Independent
03/17/2018
Police release picture of Sergei Skripal's car as search for witnesses intensifies

Police have released an image of Sergei Skripal's car as they launch a fresh appeal for witnesses in the poisoning of the former Russian spy and his daughter, Yulia. The Metropolitan Police believe the Skripals used the burgundy red BMW 320D saloon - registration HD09 WAO - on Sunday 4 March, the day of the attack.

The Independent
17/03/2018
UK police 'contact Russian exiles over safety'

Police are reportedly contacting a number of Russian exiles in the UK to discuss their safety less than a day after the police opened a murder investigation into the death of exiled Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov.

The Independent
17/03/2018
Russia expels 23 British diplomats

Russia has announced it will expel 23 British diplomats in a like-for-like retaliation to British measures announced on Wednesday after the UK government blamed Russia for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury on 4 March.

CNN
16/03/2018
Slovaks take to streets as PM's resignation fails to stifle anger

Thousands of people gathered in Slovakia's capital city Friday night to protest against the government and pay tribute to murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak. Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned Thursday after weeks of public protests over the slaying of the investigative journalist and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, who reported on fraud among the country's elite -- but many Slovaks are not convinced the desired political change will follow from Fico's departure.

CNN
16/03/2018
As thousands flee assaults in Syria, rebels won't let others out

Thousands of people continued to flee from battlegrounds in northern and southern Syria on Friday amid reports that rebels in a Damascus suburb were preventing some residents from leaving the besieged area. At least 10,000 people flooded out of the town of Hamoriya in Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital Thursday, one of the largest single-day exoduses of the war, which has now entered its eighth year. The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations claimed Friday the number could be as...

CNN
16/03/2018
British police launch murder inquiry into Russian exile's death

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov following the results of a postmortem exam, British police said in a statement on Friday. The Russian exile, who had links to compatriots who died in mysterious circumstances in the UK, was found dead in his London home Monday evening. According to the police statement, the examination "gave the cause of death as compression to the neck."

CNN
13/03/2018
Trump: Russia likely poisoned ex-spy, 'based on all the evidence'

US President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that he believes the British government's theory that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in England earlier this month. "It sounds to me like it would be Russia, based on all the evidence they have," Trump told reporters outside the White House. "It sounds to me like they believe it was Russia and I would certainly take that finding as fact."

The Independent
12/03/2018
Pilot called for help moments before fatal New York helicopter crash

The sole survivor of the helicopter flight that ended in tragedy in New York's East River on Sunday night radioed for help shortly before the aircraft went down. "Mayday, mayday, mayday," said the pilot, identified by police on Monday as 33-year-old Richard Vance, to air traffic controllers at La Guardia airport.

The Independent
12/03/2018
Five killed in New York City helicopter crash

Federal investigators headed to New York on Monday after a helicopter crashed into the city's East River on Sunday evening, killing five people. Of the six people on board, only the pilot escaped alive, according to New York City Police.

CNN
08/03/2018
'If women stop, the world stops:' Women down tools for 'feminist strike'

Thousands of women are downing tools, boycotting domestic tasks and occupying the streets in countries around the world as part of a global strike on International Women's Day. A year on from "A Day Without a Woman," which saw women across the United States boycotting paid and unpaid labor to highlight the impact of women on society, people around the world responded to the call for a global women's strike on Thursday.

The Independent
05/03/2018
Vatican's third-highest ranking official in court over historical sexual abuse charges

The most senior Catholic Church leader to be charged with sexual abuse has appeared in an Australian court for a hearing that will determine whether he will face a full trial by jury. Cardinal George Pell, 76, faced testimony from his alleged victims, who spoke to the Melbourne court via video link from an undisclosed location.

CNN
01/03/2018
Europe shivers as 'Beast' meets Storm Emma

The UK and parts of mainland Europe are struggling through another day of harsh winter weather, as Storm Emma collides with this week's cold snap, nicknamed the "Beast from the East" in Britain. Air travelers across the continent face delays and cancellations, while police in some parts of the UK are warning people not to leave their homes unless necessary.

CNN
28/02/2018
Meghan Markle to 'hit ground running' for UK women

Prince Harry's bride-to-be Meghan Markle has said she will "hit the ground running" in her work to empower girls and women in the UK. Her appearance at the Make a Difference Together forum in London on Wednesday marks the first time Markle has appeared in public representing the Royal Foundation, which was launched in 2011 by Prince William and his younger brother Harry.

CNN
28/02/2018
Jennifer Lawrence: I was treated 'in a way that now we would call abusive'

Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence has added her voice to the #MeToo debate, saying she had been treated "in a way that I think now we would call abusive." The star of Hollywood's "The Hunger Games" franchise says she does not put any of her experiences in the same category as those of Harvey Weinstein's alleged victims, but she does remember occasions when men in senior roles in the movie industry would touch her legs and she felt unable to protest.

The Independent
24/02/2018
Florida school shooting survivor pleads with Melania: Stop Donald Jr cyberbullying me

A 14-year-old survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has publicly accused First Lady Melania Trump of failing to stop her stepson, Donald Trump Jr, from bullying her and her family online. The attack by Lauren Hogg was particularly acute given Ms Trump's vocal commitment to fighting cyberbullying.

The Independent
24/02/2018
Indian state offering free breast implants to the poor

Cosmetic surgery including breast implants is to be made available free of charge to residents of a state in south India. Tamil Nadu's health minister, C Vijaya Baskar, launched the scheme in state capital Chennai earlier this week, saying: "Why should beauty treatment not be available to the poor?"

The Independent
19/02/2018
A new plan could see France becoming home to 500 wolves by 2023

A plan to protect wolves in France could see their population swell to 500 in the next five years. The proposal - which would increase the number of wolves by around 40 per cent - is designed to ensure the survival of the species in France.

The Independent
19/02/2018
Iceland to become first European country to ban circumcision

Religious leaders have reacted with outrage to a bill proposed by MPs in Iceland that would criminalise male circumcision. The bill proposes a six-year prison term for anyone found guilty of "removing sexual organs in whole or in part". Salmann Tamimi, president of the Muslim Association of Iceland, described the proposal as an "attack on religion".

The Independent
10/02/2018
Cape Town residents rejoice as rain finally falls

For many people, rain is bad news, but for the residents of drought-hit Cape Town in South Africa, it was cause for celebration. Winter rains have failed to arrive for three successive years and the city has been edging closer to "Day Zero" when taps will be switched off.

The Independent
10/02/2018
US intelligence 'paid $100,000 to Russian man who claimed to have compromising info on Trump'

A Russian who offered US intelligence officials stolen cyberweapons and compromising material on Donald Trump took $100,000 (£72,000) but failed to provide any of the promised goods, according to a New York Times report. The payment, delivered to a Berlin hotel room in September last year, was intended as the first instalment in a $1m deal, which has now been broken off, the paper said.

The Independent
10/02/2018
Israeli fighter jet shot down during large attack against targets in Syria

Israel has struck 12 Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, including an air defence system, the country's military has claimed. The raids, which mark a dramatic escalation of tension in the region, came a few hours after Israel allegedly shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country's airspace.

CNN
02/02/2018
Russia warns its citizens against US 'hunt'

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning Thursday, saying that US intelligence services are on a "hunt" to detain Russian citizens traveling abroad. In the statement, the ministry said the advice had been issued "in connection with the threat of being detained or arrested at the request of US law enforcement and intelligence services in third countries."

CNN
01/02/2018
Poland to outlaw references to 'Polish death camps'

Poland's senate has approved a controversial bill that makes it illegal to accuse the nation of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany, including the Holocaust. The bill, which passed with 57 votes to 23 (with two abstentions) early Thursday morning, also bans the use of terms such as "Polish death camps" in relation to camps such as Auschwitz, which were located in Nazi-occupied Poland.

The Independent
30/01/2018
Police in Indonesia detain transgender women and shave their heads

Police in Indonesia have detained 12 transgender women after raiding five beauty salons in Aceh province, cutting their hair and forcing them to wear men's clothes. According to state media, they were also made to run around and chant loudly "until their male voices came out".

The Independent
30/01/2018
Medical student names her murderer shortly before death

A man has been arrested after the murder of a student in Pakistan who was reportedly killed after turning down a marriage proposal. Asma Rani, a third-year medical student, was shot on Saturday afternoon in Kohat, 120 miles west of the capital Islamabad, and died in hospital on Sunday.

The Independent
23/01/2018
Rubbish on a Beirut beach shows Lebanon's waste crisis is far from over

A huge pile of rubbish has washed up onto a beach to the north of Beirut, prompting activists to claim that Lebanon's waste crisis is far from over. "Somebody needs to pay for this," said Paul Abi Rached, president of Lebanon EcoMovement, a network of environmental NGOs, after plastic bags, bottles and packaging covered the beach at Zouq Mosbeh.

The Independent
22/01/2018
Republican senator attacks Trump team as party turns on White House over stalemate

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has turned on Donald Trump's administration, blaming senior White House adviser Stephen Miller for the lack of progress towards ending the ongoing government shutdown. Mr Graham said late on Sunday that he expected a "breakthrough" on the shutdown vote, but that "as long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating on immigration, we're going nowhere."

The Independent
16/01/2018
Norway is banning all fur farms

Norway's government has pledged to shut all fur farms by 2025, a move welcomed by animal rights charities. The country is the 14th European nation to phase out fur farming, according to Humane Society International (HSI), which campaigns against the fur trade.

CNN
10/01/2018
Catherine Deneuve denounces #MeToo in open letter

A collective of 100 French women including film star Catherine Deneuve have signed an open letter defending men's "freedom to pester" women, sparking an angry response from a group of feminist activists. The open letter, which criticized the #MeToo movement and warned about a new "puritanism" sparked by recent sexual harassment allegations, was published Tuesday in French newspaper Le Monde.

CNN
02/01/2018
Irish Prime Minister says he aspires to a 'united Ireland'

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said he aspires to a united Ireland based on "cross-community support" in remarks released on Tuesday, the UK Press Association reported. "In terms of a united Ireland, our constitution is clear on this," he said. "Our constitution aspires to there being a united Ireland. I share that aspiration."

CNN
21/12/2017
Australian submarine found after 103 years

The wreck of Australia's first submarine has been discovered off the coast of Papua New Guinea after disappearing without a trace 103 years ago. "Australia's oldest naval mystery has been solved," said Australia's Minister for Defense Marise Payne.

CNN
20/12/2017
Belgium expected to appoint female Saudi ambassador

Belgium is likely to be the first country to send a female ambassador to Saudi Arabia, according to Belgian state broadcaster VRT, in a move that chimes with the kingdom's recent liberalizing moves. Dominique Mineur, who is currently Belgium's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, will move to Riyadh in summer 2018 if she is confirmed, according to VRT. The news was first reported by Belgian newspaper De Tijd.

CNN
18/12/2017
UK lawmakers debate Libya slave auction footage

Chris Law, MP for Dundee West, described the crimes as "violations of human rights and human dignity that are on an unthinkable scale." "They have no place in our world," he added. He urged the United Kingdom not to "stay silent or stand by in the face of such inhumane atrocities" but to instead join with the international community to tackle the problem.

CNN
13/12/2017
Homeless man steals $350,000 from Paris airport

A homeless man stole 300,000 euros ($353,000) from an unlocked room in Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport on Friday. The money was taken from an office belonging to cash-handling company Loomis in Terminal 2F of the airport at 5:30 p.m. local time, according to a spokesman at the courthouse in Bobigny, the capital of the region in which the airport is located.

CNN
29/11/2017
150 sex assault cases in remote Norwegian region uncovered

More than 150 cases of alleged sexual assault have been uncovered in a remote region in northern Norway, according to a police report published Tuesday. The alleged crimes stretch over several decades, with some dating back to 1953 and the most recent occurring in August this year. They all took place in the rural municipality of Tysfjord, which has only around 2,000 inhabitants.

CNN
31/10/2017
London theaters react to Kevin Spacey allegation

A London theater where Kevin Spacey was artistic director for 11 years invited people to contact them confidentially with any complaints on Tuesday, amid a growing outcry over a sexual assault allegation against the American actor.

CNN
16/10/2017
More than 30 dead in wildfires in Portugal and Spain

At least 39 people have been killed by wildfires in Portugal and Spain, officials from both countries said Monday. In Portugal, where 36 people are confirmed dead, more than 4,000 firefighters were at work battling around 150 fires, the Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection (ANPC) said Monday.

CNN
13/10/2017
Austria's election: What you need to know

Voters in Austria are casting their ballots in a snap election that could put young conservative Sebastian Kurz at the helm of the nation in a coalition with the country's far right.The Sunday vote is being widely watched across Europe, where populist far-right parties are on the rise and are shifting political landscapes.

CNN
02/06/2017
Macron to Trump: 'Make our planet great again'

New French President Emmanuel Macron trolled President Trump in a televised speech Thursday, condemning the US leader's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement with a call to "make our planet great again".

CNN
8/5/2017
A record number of French voted for nobody

But Macron's mandate may not be as overwhelming as it seems. A record number of French voters were so dismayed by their options that they either skipped the election or cast their ballots for no one at all.

CNN
15/4/2017
47,155 arrests: Turkey's post-coup crackdown by the numbers

Nine months on from the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, authorities continue to detain and arrest people who, they say, are linked to the attempted uprising. According to Turkish state media, the failed bid claimed the lives of 249 people, including 36 alleged coup plotters.

CNN
14/4/2017
Bana Alabed, 7-year-old Syrian girl, to publish memoir

In "Dear World," to be published by Simon & Schuster, Bana will describe her experiences in Syria and how she and her family are adapting to their new life in Turkey. She took to Twitter this week to announce the news to her 369,000 followers: "I am happy to announce my book will be published by Simon & Schuster.

CNN
11/4/2017
Malala named youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace

The 19-year-old Pakistani activist became known around the world after she was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban on her way home from school in 2012. She narrowly escaped death and, since her recovery, has continued campaigning for the rights of girls around the world to access education.

CNN
7/4/2017
Sweden truck attack: Live updates

A truck has driven into pedestrians on a street in the country's capital, Stockholm, according to police. At least two people have been killed. Live updates.

CNN
6/4/2017
So bad they're good: Museum showcases failures

They are all considered innovation flops -- and they will all go on display at Sweden's new Museum of Failure. Innovation researcher -- and failure obsessive -- Samuel West is the brains behind the project, which opens in June.

CNN
5/4/2017
Dutch men hold hands in solidarity with couple

From New York to London, and from Canberra to Amsterdam, famous figures and ordinary Dutch citizens have been posting images of themselves on social media with the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand (all men, holding hands).

CNN
29/3/2017
Brexit: 50 things to do after Article 50

Brexit officially began Wednesday after UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, kicking off Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and the painstaking legislative to-do list that comes with it. One of the next key steps will come when May's government introduces the Great Repeal Bill.

CNN
21/3/2017
'Piggy Bank' turtle dies after surgery

The green sea turtle nicknamed "Piggy Bank" has died after vets in Thailand removed 915 coins from her stomach earlier this month. The coins were good luck pennies thrown into the pond where the 25-year-old animal lived. Locals gave her the name "Om Sin," which translates to "Piggy Bank."

CNN
13/3/2017
Wannabe Dutch MPs: Lawyer to school dropout

From a high school dropout to a top lawyer, here are some of the men and women hoping to lower the average age of Dutch MPs a little by earning a spot in the House this week. Ancilla van de Leest, 31, is the leader of the Pirate Party.

CNN
8/3/2017
Boy finds WWII plane with pilot's remains in cockpit

Daniel Kristiansen and his father, Klaus, discovered what's believed to be a Messerschmitt fighter plane buried in a field on their farm near Birkelse in northern Denmark. "We went out to the field with a metal detector," Klaus Kristiansen told CNN. "I hoped we might find some old plates or something for Daniel to show in school."

CNN
7/3/2017
Melbourne's 'female' pedestrian lights spark backlash

The standard red and green "men" have been replaced with "female" figures as part of an Equal Crossings initiative which launches this week, according to CNN affiliate 7 News. The change comes just before International Women's Day on March 8.

CNN
3/3/2017
'Women must earn less than men,' Polish politician says

The European Parliament has launched a hate speech investigation into a Polish politician after he stated that "women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent" during a debate this week on the gender pay gap.

CNN
2/3/2017
Tech site commenters must pass test before posting

How often do you read a headline online and race to the comment section, desperate to vent? It may be natural to many, but it's exactly the type of behavior that NRKbeta, the technology section on the news website of Norway's public broadcasting network, is trying to stop.

CNN
13/2/2017
Image of Turkish assassin wins photo of year

Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici was at the launch of a new art exhibition in Ankara on December 19 when Mevlut Mert Altintas, an off-duty police officer, opened fire and killed Andrey Karlov. It was "an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times," Mary F.

CNN
3/2/2017
Bad weather causes lettuce shortages across Europe

Cold, wet weather in southern Spain has devastated supplies of iceberg lettuces to consumers across Europe. Other vegetables, including broccoli, artichokes and aubergines, also known as eggplants, have been hit.

Fair Planet
13/01/2017
Refugees find their voice through theatre

Inadequate provision of English classes and a lack of routes into work or study programmes are leaving many refugees in the UK isolated, according to new research by academics at the University of Sussex.

Germany

CNN
21/9/2018
Germany: Rocket tests cause weeks-long moorland fire

Prosecutors are investigating the German armed forces after a fire caused by military rocket tests almost three weeks ago continued to burn across a moorland in northern Germany, a military spokesperson told CNN on Friday.

CNN
11/9/2018
Search halted for pop star missing from cruise ship

A search for missing German pop singer Daniel Kaiser-Kueblboeck, who reportedly jumped overboard from a cruise ship near Canada over the weekend, has been called off, according to the Canadian Joint Task Force Atlantic (JTFA).

CNN
14/03/2018
What -- and whom -- Merkel's outlasted during her 12 years in power

On Wednesday, Angela Merkel will begin a historic fourth term as Chancellor of Germany, making her one of the longest-serving leaders in modern German history. Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, entered parliament in 1990 as the Soviet Empire crumbled, rising quickly through the ranks in the newly unified German government led by the late Helmut Kohl.

CNN
14/03/2018
Angela Merkel starts fourth term as German Chancellor

Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany after lawmakers voted to re-elect her as leader in a close vote on Wednesday morning. She will now begin a historic fourth term as Chancellor.

CNN
07/03/2018
Eight sentenced to jail for right-wing terror crimes in Germany

Eight people have been found guilty of being members of a right-wing terror organization by a court in Germany. A federal court in Dresden handed down the verdict Wednesday after a yearlong trial of members of the so-called "Freital Group," a terror cell founded in eastern Germany in 2015 accused of firebombing two refugee homes and an office and car belonging to the left-wing, pro-immigration Die Linke party.

CNN
04/03/2018
Angela Merkel set for fourth term after coalition deal

Germany's Social Democratic Party voted to renew a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, paving the way for her fourth term after nearly six months of political deadlock. The postal ballot saw 66% vote in favor and 34% against the grand coalition, SPD treasurer Dietmar Nietan announced Sunday.

CNN
16/02/2018
Turkey jails six media workers for life, frees German

(CNN)A Turkish court sentenced six journalists and other media professionals to life in prison Friday, Turkey's Anadolu state news agency reported, roughly an hour after another court freed a German-Turkish reporter who had been behind bars for the past year.

CNN
24/01/2018
Top member of German far-right party resigns after converting to Islam

Arthur Wagner, a leading member of Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the eastern state of Brandenburg, left his position on the party's state executive committee on January 11 citing "personal reasons," according to Andreas Kalbitz, AfD's chairman AfD in the state.

CNN
21/01/2018
Germany's SPD votes for coalition talks with Merkel

Germany's leaders have taken a crucial step towards breaking a deadlock that has prevented the formation of a new government since elections four months ago. At a special party congress in Bonn, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) voted to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU/CSU alliance, a move that brings a new, Merkel-led administration closer to reality.

CNN
20/01/2018
'The least bad option:' Germany limps toward a new government

Six hundred delegates from Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) will descend on the city of Bonn this Sunday for a special party congress. All eyes are on one agenda item: A vote on starting official coalition negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their more conservative sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).

CNN
17/01/2018
'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' denied mercy plea

A former Nazi officer known as "the bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has been told he must serve out his four-year prison sentence, despite lodging an appeal for clemency. Oskar Groening's plea for mercy was denied by German prosecutors in Lueneberg on Wednesday, one day after his appeal was made public.

CNN
18/12/2017
Turkish court orders release of German journalist

A Turkish court has ordered the release of German journalist and translator Mesale Tolu, according to Germany's Foreign Ministry. Tolu, who was detained seven months ago, will be released under judicial control, ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said Monday.

CNN
07/12/2017
Germany's social democrats vote to start talks with Merkel's party

Germany's Social Democrats have given the green light for their party to enter preliminary coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's party in a vote that could trigger an end to the country's political deadlock. More than 600 SPD delegates gathered on Thursday in Berlin and debated the question for several hours before voting overwhelmingly for the exploratory talks to begin.

CNN
24/11/2017
Merkel's party to meet with SPD to break German deadlock

Germany's Social Democrats will meet next week with Chancellor Angela Merkel's alliance in a bid to break the country's post-election political deadlock, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced Friday morning. The parties' leaders will meet at Steinmeier's official residence in Berlin to discuss "the situation after the breakdown of the coalition talks."

CNN
23/11/2017
Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Can Germany's 'anti-Trump' end Merkel's political crisis?

Just over a year ago, Frank-Walter Steinmeier was nominated for the job of German President. "My joy at the task is great," he said in an acceptance speech in Berlin. But not everyone was happy. Some doom-mongers grumbled that Steinmeier was much too important for him to be "consigned to the periphery of power."

CNN
20/11/2017
Merkel: New elections a 'better path' than minority government

Fresh elections in Germany appeared increasingly likely Monday evening after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she preferred a new vote over governing without a parliamentary majority. The country has been plunged into its worst political crisis in years after negotiations to form the next government collapsed overnight, dealing a serious blow to Merkel and raising questions about the future of the longtime Chancellor.

CNN
8/11/2017
Germany paves way for recognition of 'third gender'

Germany's top court ruled Wednesday that lawmakers must legally recognize a "third gender" from birth. Once a law is passed, Germany would become the first European country to offer intersex people the option of identifying as a designation other than male or female.

CNN
01/11/2017
Nazi-era art dealer's hidden hoard on show for the first time

The discovery of over 1,400 works of art in a shabby apartment in Munich in 2012 stunned the world. The vast collection was uncovered in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of Hildebrand Gurlitt, an art collector who dealt in works for the Nazis. Experts believe many of the discovered paintings, drawings and sculptures -- including works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and August Rodin -- were looted by the Nazis from Jewish collectors or dealers.

CNN
31/10/2017
Syrian teenager plotted bomb attack in Germany, police say

A Syrian teenager has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning an attack using powerful explosives, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor said Tuesday. The 19-year-old man, known as Yamen A., was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Schwerin, northern Germany.

CNN
09/10/2017
Merkel changes tune on German refugee cap

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to aim for a limit on Germany's refugee intake, marking a significant retreat from her previous rejection of a cap. Merkel made the announcement Monday in a joint news conference with Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union -- the more conservative sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union -- after discussions in which the two parties sought compromises on a number of issues following poor results in the federal elections two...

CNN
03/10/2017
German president: New walls have gone up

Germany's president Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned of the fractures in its society -- highlighted by the electoral success of the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) -- on the nation's Day of German Unity.

CNN
24/09/2017
Far-right party enters German parliament

The co-founder of the first far-right party to win seats in Germany's parliament in almost 60 years has declared that it is ready to "take back our country and our people." Alexander Gauland, federal spokesman for the anti-immigration, anti-Muslim, Alternative for Germany (AfD), gave the warning after his party was projected to come in third place in Sunday's national election, according to preliminary results.

CNN
24/09/2017
Germans go to the polls in federal election

German voters are going to the polls to choose a government -- and a Chancellor -- for the next four years. The election could see incumbent Angela Merkel from the Christian Democratic Union win a fourth term in office -- or be ousted by her main rival Martin Schulz, of the Social Democratic Party.

CNN
04/09/2017
Turkey accuses German politicians of 'bowing down to populism'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her election rival Martin Schulz of "bowing down to populism and prejudice" after both candidates called for an end to Ankara's European Union membership talks in a live TV election debate Sunday night.

CNN
03/09/2017
Merkel and Schulz spar over North Korea, refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel traded blows with her election rival, Martin Schulz, in a live TV debate Sunday night, three weeks before the country's federal election. The pair sparred over the right course of action in North Korea after Sunday's nuclear bomb test.

CNN
29/08/2017
Merkel warns Turkey over imprisoned German citizens

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded the release of German citizens detained in Turkey, describing their imprisonment as "unjustified" on Tuesday. Relations between Berlin and Ankara have been in a downward spiral since last summer, when a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sparked a crackdown on civil liberties and mass arrests of the political opposition, activists and journalists, including German citizens.

CNN
21/08/2017
Germany: Turkey may be using Interpol to hunt down political opponents

Turkey may be using the multinational police organization Interpol to hunt down political opponents of the country's president abroad, a German government spokesman said Monday. The accusation follows the arrest and release of a prominent Turkish-German writer, the latest sign of the deterioration of ties between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Germany over what Germany perceives to be Turkey's interference in its political affairs.

CNN
16/08/2017
German party says 'take country back', posts pic of wrong country

It's an embarrassing error for any political party to make, let alone a nationalist one. On Monday, a branch of Germany's far-right AfD (Alternatives for Germany) tweeted a picture of a mountain landscape with the headline "Our program for Germany" and a call to action: "Take your country back."

CNN
26/07/2017
Turkey arrests 'threaten everyone,' says activist's partner

It was the evening of July 5 and Magdalena Freudenschuss hadn't heard from her partner all day. That was unusual, so she was worried. Peter Steudtner, a human rights trainer, was at a workshop on IT security and mental health strategies for activists in Istanbul with several colleagues.

CNN
24/7/2017
German girl who allegedly joined ISIS may be tried in Iraq

Linda Wenzel, a schoolgirl from the town of Pulsnitz near Dresden, was one of at least five foreign women captured by Iraqi forces sweeping the old city of Mosul after the defeat of ISIS, according to sources within the counter-terror operation in Mosul.

CNN
20/7/2017
This is why Germany's traffic lights are better

The typical walking figure -- found on lights across the country -- could be replaced with a miner, complete with lamp and safety helmet. Regional news website "Der Westen" launched a campaign for the change in Duisburg this week, calling for "a pedestrian light that reminds us of our culture and life in the Ruhr region."

CNN
18/7/2017
Teen behind hijab emoji: 'I wanted an emoji of me'

Headscarf-wearing women now have an emoji of their own, thanks to a 16-year-old Saudi girl. Rayouf Alhumedhi, who now lives in Vienna, proposed the idea last year to The Unicode Consortium, the non-profit corporation that reviews and develops new emojis.

CNN
17/7/2017
Merkel rules out refugee limit in Germany

"On the issue of an upper limit, my position is clear," Merkel said in an interview broadcast live on Germany's ARD on Sunday. "I won't accept one." Merkel will need the support of the Christian Social Union -- the more conservative sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union -- in order to remain Chancellor after September elections.

CNN
12/7/2017
Rare Enigma machine fetches 45,000 euros at auction

The collector who put the machine up for sale at the Artmark auction house in Bucharest, Romania, had spotted it at a flea market in the city and bought it for just 100 euros ($114). Vitally important to Nazi war efforts, the Enigma machine was used by the German military to encrypt messages into a form they believed was unbreakable.

CNN
11/7/2017
Hamburg to hold free concert for G20 officers

The Hamburg concert hall that hosted Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and Vladimir Putin last week will open its doors for free on Thursday to some of the 20,000 German police officers who were deployed during the G20 summit.

CNN
10/7/2017
UK university proposes post-Brexit campus in Germany

King's College London (KCL) has worked closely with TU Dresden -- a technical university in eastern Germany -- for many years. But the relationship could now become even closer as the London university has announced it is considering opening a new campus in the German city.

CNN
30/6/2017
German lawmakers vote to legalize same-sex marriage

The bill gives homosexual couples in Germany the same rights as heterosexual couples, and will allow same-sex couples to marry and jointly adopt children.It passed by 393 votes to 226, with four abstentions. The bill is likely to pass through the Bundesrat -- Germany's upper house -- next week.

CNN
27/6/2017
Snap vote: German lawmakers to vote on same-sex marriage

German lawmakers will decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage, according to CNN affiliate NTV. The snap vote comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she would like to see parliament move towards a "vote of conscience" on the issue.

CNN
26/6/2017
Germany: Erdogan guards not welcome after DC brawl

The announcement comes ahead of the G20 summit in Germany next week, which Erdogan is expected to attend. Turkish security officials -- including some of Erdogan's personal guards, according to US officials -- fought with protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington in May.

CNN
15/2/2017
Rembrandt sketch 'hidden' for 250 years found

The discovery of the work's true author has been described as "a sensation" by the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig, Germany. Known as "the Braunschweig terrier," the image is believed to date from around 1637; it has been in the museum's collection since 1770.

CNN
1/2/2017
Hitler's phone to be sold at auction

The phone was presented to Hitler by the Wehrmacht and was used by the Nazi leader to issue most of his commands during the last two years of World War II, according to a description in the catalog for Alexander Historical Auctions in Maryland.

CNN
30/1/2017
Nazi propaganda chief's secretary dies at 106

Last year, Pomsel spoke publicly for the first time about her experiences working for the Nazi regime and her three years as Goebbels' secretary. Her story was turned into the critically acclaimed film, "A German Life." In the film, she expressed no remorse for her actions.

New Statesman
22/01/2016
An ex-WW2 camp is becoming a luxury hotel: what should we do with sites of terror?

Earlier this month, the government of Montenegro approved plans to transform an island fort, used during the Second World War as a concentration camp, into a luxury resort. The news has sparked a debate around the world. Many are asking whether this is an appropriate use of a former place of suffering and death.

BuzzFeed
10/09/2015
This Is What Refugees Are Given When They Arrive In Berlin

BERLIN - The refugee crisis that has engulfed Europe has seen tens of thousands of people make their way to Germany in the hope of making a better life. And in this ordinary district of western Berlin, a former army barracks now houses families from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Eritrea, and eastern Europe.

BuzzFeed
10/09/2015
Das bekommen Flüchtlinge nach ihrer Ankunft in Berlin

BERLIN - In der aktuellen Flüchtlingskrise in Europa kommen Tausende Menschen in der Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben nach Deutschland. Einige von ihnen kommen in eine frühere Kaserne im Westen Berlins, in der jetzt Familien aus Syrien, Afghanistan, Irak, Pakistan, Eritrea und Osteuropa untergebracht sind.

UK news

CNN Style
12/10/2018
Princess Eugenie's wedding: Harry and Meghan among guests

Britain's Princess Eugenie has married Jack Brooksbank in Windsor's second royal wedding of the year. The ceremony took place in St. George's Chapel, which also hosted the wedding of Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in May.

CNN
4/9/2018
MPs call for inquiry into UK Home Office treatment of foreign students

A group of UK lawmakers are calling for an independent inquiry into the Home Office's treatment of tens of thousands of foreign nationals, mostly students, whose visas were revoked or refused after they were accused of cheating on an English language test in 2014.

CNN
19/05/2018
Indian actress Priyanka Chopra spotted at royal wedding

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has been spotted at the royal wedding in Windsor. The Miss World 2000 winner arrived at St. George's Chapel on Saturday wearing a Vivienne Westwood grey dress and a Philip Treacy hat.

CNN
18/05/2018
Meghan Markle's mother has tea with the Queen

Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, was meeting Queen Elizabeth for tea at Windsor Castle Friday, as final preparations were made for the royal wedding on Saturday.

CNN
28/04/2018
Who is Meghan Markle's future husband?

Prince Harry is an unusual royal -- and not just because of his choice of bride. Through the images and unique insights of Getty Images royal photographer Chris Jackson, CNN looks at the prince's tumultuous life to date and asks: who is Meghan Markle's future husband?

CNN
26/04/2018
Harry, Meghan and the finely tuned royal wedding PR machine

"The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle," it read. As journalists around the world scrambled to publish their already half-written stories, Kensington Palace -- home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince Harry's brother and sister-in-law) -- retweeted the announcement.

CNN
26/04/2018
British-Iranian academic Abbas Edalat arrested in Iran

Abbas Edalat, an award-winning professor of computer science and mathematics, was arrested on Thursday, FARS reported. He is accused of being part of a British-affiliated anti-Iran group that allegedly launched espionage operations and had contacts with leaders of mass anti-government protests in 2009, the news agency said.

CNN
26/04/2018
Harry picks Prince William as best man

The Palace said that Prince William is "honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George's Chapel, Windsor on May 19th." Harry served as best man to William at his wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011 and it was widely expected that the Duke would play the same role for his younger sibling this year.

CNN
13/04/2018
British singer says BBC 'smeared' his reputation

The 77-year-old entertainer is suing the national broadcaster over coverage of a police search at his home in August 2014, which took place after a sexual assault allegation. Richard denied the allegation and he has never faced charges.

CNN
13/04/2018
UK intel: Russia tested nerve agent on door handles before Skripal attack

In a letter to the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, UK national security adviser Mark Sedwill says there is "no plausible alternative explanation" for the attack in Salisbury on March 4 that left the Skripals hospitalized. "Only Russia has the technical means, operational experience and the motive," he writes.

CNN
11/04/2018
Yulia Skripal rejects cousin, Russian offers of help

Yulia Skripal, one of the victims of the nerve agent attack in the English city of Salisbury in March, has told her cousin to stay out of her and her father's affairs and told Russia she doesn't need its help.

CNN
10/04/2018
Trump and Obama will not attend royal wedding

Kensington Palace announced on Tuesday that the royal couple would not be inviting political leaders to the event, at least not on the basis of their official position. Which means neither US President Donald Trump nor his predecessor Barack Obama will be there.

CNN
09/04/2018
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle request charity donations over gifts

The seven chosen charities "represent a range of issues that they are passionate about," the Palace said in a statement, including women's empowerment, HIV, homelessness and the environment. "Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work."

CNN
06/04/2018
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal 'no longer critical'

Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, said Skripal, 66, was responding well to treatment. The news comes a day after Skripal's daughter Yulia, 33, who was also poisoned in the attack, released her first public statement after regaining consciousness last week.

CNN
06/04/2018
Spy's pets dead after nerve agent attack

The two guinea pigs were found dead in Skripal's house some time after the attack, apparently from dehydration, and a cat was put down after being discovered in a "distressed" state. Police sealed the house after Skripal and his daughter Yulia were discovered unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on March 4.

CNN
29/03/2018
Tobias Menzies to play Prince Philip in 'The Crown'

Tobias Menzies, best known for his roles in the television series "Game of Thrones" and "Outlander," will take over from Matt Smith, Netflix announced Wednesday. Menzies will appear alongside actress Olivia Colman, who has taken over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy for seasons three and four.

CNN
28/03/2018
Trump to Toblerone: How Britain googles Brexit

From requests for "brexit news" to queries about the future of Marmite and Toblerone in post-Brexit Britain, their searches have ranged from the predictable to the somewhat random. As the UK started the one year countdown to leaving the European Union on Thursday, CNN used search data provided by Google and gathered from Google Trends and Google AdWords to look at how Brexit-related search terms have changed over time.

CNN
23/03/2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Northern Ireland

The couple, who will wed on May 19, attended an event celebrating a youth-led peace-building initiative launched by Prince Harry last year before visiting a historic liquor saloon and a local science park. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also met local residents during a walkabout after lunch and concluded their day trip with a tour of Belfast's Titanic exhibition.

The Independent
12/03/2018
Teenager jailed for 10 and a half years for acid attack spree in London

A 17-year-old boy has been jailed for 10 and a half years for carrying out a spate of "despicable" acid attacks one evening last summer. Derryck John, from Croydon, south London, threw corrosive liquid through the visors of six moped riders in less than 90 minutes, trying to blind them and steal their scooters.

The Independent
12/03/2018
It's about to get really cold again

Parts of Britain are bracing for another week of disruptive weather as heavy rain and gale-force winds could give way to another cold snap by the weekend. Southwest and western areas of the UK are likely to be "much wilder, much wetter, much windier" than normal by Wednesday before Siberian air is expected to sweep in once again from the East, according to Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell.

The Independent
24/02/2018
Parliament forced to address Grenfell after Stormzy pushes petition to over 100,000 signatures

A petition calling on Theresa May to take action to build trust in the Grenfell Tower inquiry has reached a landmark 100,000 signatures, meaning parliament must now consider debating the issue. Tens of thousands of signatures have been added since Friday alone, when London rapper Stormzy tweeted his support and called for his followers to "sign, share, RT and spread the word".

CNN
15/02/2018
British man who fought ISIS charged with terror offenses

A British man has been indicted on terror charges for fighting against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. It is the first time someone who fought against the jihadist group has been charged under UK terror legislation, according to Britain's Crown Prosecution Service.

The Independent
22/01/2018
Seventh Bristol university student takes own life in just 18 months

A Canadian man is believed to have become the seventh student at Bristol University to take their own life in just 18-months. Justin Cheng, who was in the third year of his law degree, was found dead on 12 January, the university confirmed.

The Independent
12/01/2018
Athletes call for end to 'outdated' gender inequality in cross country races

Athletes in England are coming together to tackle what they see as gender inequality in cross country running. Although men and women usually run the same distances on the track and in road races, women's races are often much shorter at cross country events, sometimes barely more than half of the men's distance.

CNN
13/12/2017
Meghan Markle to spend Christmas with royal family

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spend their first Christmas as an engaged couple with Queen Elizabeth and other members of Britain's royal family. "You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day," a Kensington Palace spokesman said Wednesday.

CNN
06/12/2017
Theresa May assassination plot suspect in court

A man who allegedly plotted to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared in court Wednesday charged with terrorism offenses. London based Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, who described himself in court as Pakistani British, was arrested last week and charged on Tuesday.

CNN
28/11/2017
Meghan Markle intends to become UK citizen after marriage to Prince Harry

Meghan Markle intends to become a UK citizen, the British royal family has announced, confirming that the American actor's marriage to Prince Harry would take place at Windsor Castle in May next year. Kensington Palace said that Windsor, a royal residence west of London, had become "a special place for the two of them."

CNN
27/11/2017
Meghan Markle: Who is Prince Harry's bride-to-be?

The rumor mill has been buzzing for months. The first whispers of a royal engagement made their way across social media and the British tabloids earlier this year and soon grew into a clamor of speculation. And the question had always been "when," not "if," Prince Harry and American actor Meghan Markle would announce their engagement.

CNN
27/11/2017
Rebel, soldier and activist: Prince Harry is not a traditional royal

He's no fan of the limelight. But Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor -- fifth in line to the British throne and better known as Prince Harry -- will have few places to hide after the announcement that he is engaged to his American girlfriend Meghan Markle.

CNN
16/10/2017
Sky turns orange across UK

he sky turned orange across parts of the UK on Monday as dust and smoke from fires in southern Europe swept north. The reddish tint was a side effect of the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia and the wildfires that have been raging across Portugal and northwest Spain since Friday.

CNN
20/06/2017
Survey shows youth vote surge in UK election

An estimated 64% of registered 18- to 24-year-olds turned out to vote, compared to 43% two years ago. And over 60% of them voted for the opposition Labour party. Predictions of a big victory for Theresa May's Conservative Party before the election were based partly on assumptions that most young voters wouldn't turn out.

CNN
13/06/2017
Court grants last-minute reprieve to sick baby

Ten-month-old Charlie Gard was due to have his life support switched off at the end of the day Tuesday after his parents lost a Supreme Court appeal in the UK last week. After losing that appeal, Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, filed a request with the European court for an urgent interim measure that would allow judges time to consider the case.

CNN
02/06/2017
Bernie Sanders has praise for UK alter-ego

At the first event on his whirlwind speaking tour of the UK Thursday, Bernie Sanders had nothing but praise for Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing leader of the UK's Labour Party, which is currently experiencing a surge in support ahead of next week's general election.

CNN
18/5/2017
#Grime4Corbyn: UK grime scene gets political

Superstars of the grime scene such as JME, Stormzy and Akala as well as young MCs Novelist, Big Zuu and AJ Tracey have all tweeted, instagrammed or snapped their support for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in the run-up to the UK's general election Corbyn, a left-wing politician who has been a Labour MP in London since 1983, was elected leader of the party in 2015.

CNN
17/05/2017
Snapchat gets political: Filter urges UK users to register to vote

"Find your voice!" says a command, "Register to vote by 22nd May!" The feature on the social media app will be available for 48 hours for UK users. The aim is to reach young voters, who are statistically much less likely to be registered than older voters and less likely to turn out on polling day.

CNN
15/5/2017
101-year-old skydiver sets new record

Bryson William 'Verdun' Hayes, known as Verdun, completed the record-breaking jump Sunday. He skydived for the very first time a year ago to celebrate his 100th birthday. "Last year's skydive was an amazing experience," he said in a press statement.

CNN
5/5/2017
Straw draw decides UK local election result

In a tightly fought contest between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates for the final seat on the local council, the winner was decided by drawing straws. The Conservative party had already won 33 of the 67 council seats and needed just one more for a majority.

CNN
21/04/2017
Britain's young royals open up about mental health

The video, filmed at Kensington Palace earlier this week, is part of the Heads Together campaign, which aims to end the stigma around mental health. The three young royals have been spearheading the campaign since its launch in 2016. In the film, Kate talks openly about the struggles she has faced as a mother.

CNN
19/04/2017
How UK papers reacted to snap election

How did today's newspapers respond? Celebrating the announcement as a "stunning move," the Daily Mail, a right-wing tabloid paper, published an image of a steely-eyed Theresa May outside Downing Street yesterday above the headline "Crush the saboteurs."

CNN
18/04/2017
UK Prime Minister Theresa May to seek early election

In an unexpected statement at Downing Street, May said she was seeking a vote on June 8, less than halfway through the government's five-year term. Opposition parties said they would not block the move, sending Westminster into full-throttle election mode. The European Union brushed off May's announcement, saying it would not affect the negotiations on Britain's departure.

CNN
10/4/2017
Coca-Cola UK HQ blocked by sculpture protest

The campaign group said the sculpture, which depicts an idyllic family beach scene interrupted by birds choking on plastic, was intended to highlight what it claimed were failings by the company. In a report released on Monday, Greenpeace claimed that Coca-Cola -- the world's largest soft drinks company -- sells more than 100 billion plastic bottles every year.

CNN
29/3/2017
Exiting Europe: How the UK got here

A letter was delivered to Brussels on Wednesday, and not just any letter. This one, signed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, has triggered Article 50 and officially kicked off the two-year Brexit process. This is how we got here.

CNN
20/3/2017
Stephen Hawking: 'I may not be welcome' in Trump's America

British scientist Stephen Hawking fears he "may not be welcome" in the United States now that Donald Trump is President. In an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain on Monday, Hawking described President Trump's election as "a definite swing to a right-wing" and a "more authoritarian approach."

CNN
16/3/2017
Cold War guide to surviving nuclear attack reissued

A stark guide to surviving a nuclear blast that was first published during the dark days of the Cold War is being reissued by the Imperial War Museum in London. The 1980 pamphlet opens with this warning: "Read this booklet with care. Your life and the lives of your family may depend on it." Its republication coincides with a new exhibition exploring 100 years of the anti-war movement, the first of its kind at the museum.

CNN
7/2/2017
Queen marks 65 years on British throne

Her Sapphire Jubilee has being marked with ceremonial gun salutes at London's Green Park and the Tower of London, and in several other locations across the United Kingdom. The bells at Westminster Abbey in central London were also rung in honor of the occasion.

CNNMoney
26/1/2017
MI6: The real life Q is a woman

Speaking at the Women in IT Awards in London on Wednesday night, MI6 chief Alex Younger, known as C, encouraged more women to join the intelligence services. "The real-life Q is looking forward to meeting you and I'm pleased to report that the real-life Q is a woman," he said.

Refugees Deeply
13/12/2016
'Refugee History' Platform Offers Lessons for the Current Crisis

Historians frustrated by simplistic comparisons between refugee crises past and present have set up a platform to delve deeper into historical parallels and differences. Its founders talk to Judith Vonberg about the importance of history for understanding the present. - Rarely does a week go by in the U.K.

Science & health

The Independent
16/01/2018
Scientists think they may have solved the mystery of what killed up to 15 million Aztecs

Scientists believe they may have discovered the cause of an epidemic that struck Mexico's Aztec population in 1545, killing up to 15 million people. In a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, they describe how DNA extracted from the teeth of 29 skeletons buried in a cemetery in southern Mexico revealed previously unidentified traces of the salmonella enterica bacterium.

The Independent
15/01/2018
Marijuana legalisation causing violent crime to fall in US states, study finds

The legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes has led to a significant reduction in violent crime in several US states bordering Mexico, according to new research. The study, published in The Economic Journal, found that the rate of violent crime - including robberies, murders and aggravated assaults - fell by 12.5 per cent in counties close to the border after the introduction of medical marijuana laws (MMLs).

CNN
30/11/2017
The far-fetched fixes for climate change

In the battle against climate change, efforts to reduce emissions of harmful gases like carbon dioxide have consumed most of the headlines. But many scientists say that simply minimizing man-made pollution is not enough to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, as agreed in the 2015 Paris climate agreement -- humans must also devise other means to help cool the planet.

CNN
01/06/2017
Large ice sheet 'very close' to breaking away from Antarctica

A rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has grown by 10.5 miles in the last six days, according to UK scientists working on Project MIDAS. It will create one of the largest icebergs ever recorded. Climate change may be speeding up the process.

CNN
21/04/2017
The mammal that can survive without oxygen

The naked mole rat is already known to be cold-blooded, resistant to cancer and feeling pain, and can live ten times longer than a mouse. The animal is alsoone of the strangest-looking mammals on the planet. But now scientists believe these odd creatures can also survive without oxygen, by using a different method of creating energy in their bodies.

CNN
1/3/2017
World's oldest microfossils found, study says

The discovery comprises tiny filaments and tubes formed by bacteria that lived on iron, according to a statement released Wednesday by University College London. They were found in quartz layers in the Nuvvuagittuq Supracrustal Belt in Quebec, Canada, which contains some of the Earth's oldest known sedimentary rocks, it said.

CNN
23/2/2017
Can more fruit and veg make you live longer?

The study, by Imperial College London, says consuming 10 portions per day, or about 800g, could prevent an estimated 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends eating 5 portions, or 400g, of fruit and vegetables every day.

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Refugees Deeply
9/11/2016
British Volunteer Hosts Welcome Refugees Into Their Homes and Lives

Amid a hostile climate for refugees in the U.K., ordinary citizens are plugging gaps in the asylum system. Judith Vonberg reports on Refugees at Home, a volunteer initiative connecting Britons offering spare rooms with asylum seekers desperately in need of a bed.

Refugees Deeply
24/08/2016
Why We Need a Supranational Approach at the U.N. Migration Summit

As part of our "The Road to UNGA" series, migrant rights advocate Judith Vonberg writes that the upcoming U.N. summit, already backsliding on promises to resettle refugees, risks missing an opportunity to radically redefine migrancy.

The Guardian
08/12/2015
'You work in a vacuum' - the loneliness of the long distance learner

I became a distance learning student when a failed PhD funding application ruled out a London university with a 30-minute commute. Instead, I accepted a place at a university 100 miles away, enticed by funding and my first-choice supervisor. But moving across the country wasn't practical, so I decided to study from afar.

The Huffington Post UK
10/02/2015
Let's Not Turn Oxbridge Into a Comprehensive

As an Oxford graduate educated in a comprehensive school, I am dismayed at the idea of abandoning the selection criteria at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Academic standards would deteriorate and academically minded students would be denied the chance to aspire.

The Huffington Post UK
10/07/2015
Theresa May's Hierarchy of Asylum Is Divisive, Inhumane and Ill-informed

There were more than a few inflammatory points in Theresa May's speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday. One such moment came when she addressed how Britain deals with asylum seekers. 'The system', she said, 'is geared towards helping those most able to access it [...]

RtR Blog
28/08/2015
Germany's suspension of the Dublin Protocol: a welcome display of European and global solidarity

Germany seems to have grasped two facts that continue to elude many other national governments across Europe, or are perhaps being wilfully ignored. First, that the European project was founded on – the clue is there in the name – ‘union’. In an interview with German television network ZDF last week, Angela Merkel warned that the issue of asylum ‘could be the next major European project, in which we show whether we are really able to take joint action’.

New Left Project
05/01/2015
The Kindertransport and Syrian Resettlement: British Refugee Policy in 1938 and Today

Two speeches in the House of Commons, seventy-five years apart, express the same aspiration to an idea of Britain as welcoming and compassionate, a refuge for those fleeing terror and persecution around the world. The sentiments expressed by Yvette Cooper and others a year ago in response to the Syrian crisis bear remarkable resemblance to those conveyed by members of parliament in 1938 in a debate prompted by the violence wreaked against Jews across Germany on Kristallnacht (‘Night of Broken...

Blogs and Reviews

European Literature Network
15/12/2016
#RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews KINGDOM OF TWILIGHT by Steven Uhly

"In truth, there are no superhumans or subhumans," thinks Anna, one of the central characters in Steven Uhly's epic novel, Kingdom of Twilight. Even Sturmbannführer Josef Ranzner, a fanatical Nazi who sexually abuses Anna, his Jewish slave, is to her, "just a fellow human who, for unknown reasons, has become an anti-human."

Literaturhaus Europa
12/12/2016
AmazonCrossing: Where fiction in translation is thriving

The Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 has just finished. At the event a year ago, Amazon pledged $10 million of funding for one of its trade imprints, AmazonCrossing, which commissions and publishes novels in translation. At the same time, the imprint started accepting submissions from authors, rather than just selecting books internally.

Literaturhaus Europa
17/11/2016
In or Out of Europe?

“We’re gonna have to build a wall!” This isn’t Donald Trump talking about Mexico or UK immigration minister Robert Goodwill announcing the new wall at Calais. The words belong to Terry Wogan, stalwart of British broadcasting. He made the joke during his coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, when several Eastern European countries were topping the points table and the UK was languishing near the bottom.

European Literature Network
11/10/2016
Judith Vonberg reports from the Euro Stars Salon on 28 September 2016

'Tonight, me, Tim Parks, @GoldRosie, Claudiu Florian & Antoine Laurain will solve #Brexit no problem. Come...' So it was that British writer Joanna Walsh invited her twitter followers to the second Euro Stars debate of 2016. Solve Brexit? It was of course a joke, but the discussion that evening on the future relationship between Britain and European literature was an earnest one.

Literaturhaus Europa
22/09/2016
Review of Gabriela Babnik's 'Dry Season'

Multiple stories are interwoven in Gabriela Babnik’s 'Dry Season', translated from the Slovene by Rawley Grau and published by Istros Books. The two protagonists, who narrate their own presents and pasts in a complex, at times confusing, sequence that defies conventional forms of narration, are Ana and Ismael. (Photo credit: Stephen Morrison/Africa Practice)

Literaturhaus Europa
29/08/2016
Review of Samantha Schweblin's 'Birds in the Mouth'

"Then Sara got up, her ponytail shining on one side of her neck and then the other. She skipped to the cage, like a little girl. Her back to us, rising up on tiptoes, she opened the cage and took out the bird..."

Literaturhaus Europa
15/07/2016
Peter Handke and his reception in the English-speaking world

Peter Handke and His Reception in the English-speaking Judith Vonberg About Peter Handke ELit Blogs Peter Handke and His Reception in the German-speaking world Peter Handke. A Reception of a Literary Controversy world Peter Handke and His Reception in the French-speaking world In a 1995 review of a critical study of the work of Peter Handke, Linda C.

European Literature Network
08/06/2016
Henning Mankell's THE ANTELOPES by Judith Vonberg

For most of us, Henning Mankell is the father of the modern Swedish crime novel. Yet Mankell, who died last year, was also a dramatist and spent many months each year in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, where he was artistic director of the Mutumbela Gogo Theatre Company and co-director of the Teatro Avenida.

Literaturhaus Europa
23/05/2016
Europe and the Man Booker International Prize

Art is ‘about being in someone else’s skin’, writer A.L. Kennedy once said. The three European novels shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize invite us deep beneath the skin, not only of the protagonists, but also of the vividly conveyed settings they inhabit – Istanbul, Naples and the Austrian Alps.

European Literature Network
12/05/2016
Culture Matters - The Euro Stars Debate

One rainy Wednesday at the end of April, a group of people gathered for an evening of wine, readings and conversation in central London. The topic was culture, Europe and the upcoming EU referendum. How important is a shared culture to Europeans? Does culture matter in the EU referendum debate? And is anyone listening to artists and writers?

Lacuna
18/04/2016
The Quality of Mercy

In the space of a few months Europe has moved from "Refugees Welcome" to deporting refugees. But who are the people we once welcomed and now send away? In Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe German journalist Wolfgang and Czech photographer Stanislav Krupař seek out the travellers and document their stories.

Literaturhaus Europa
10/03/2016
Variations on a Theme

There’s an unusual series of events happening at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London. I was there for the first one. Sitting in a large white-walled room, its vast windows overlooking a secluded Knightsbridge street, I sat mesmerised by two remarkable writers.

Literaturhaus Europa
11/01/2016
Bestselling fiction across Europe in 2015

It’s the time of year for lists and there are plenty of them telling us which were the best books of 2015. But what about the books that everyone was reading? Which novels were the most popular across Europe in 2015?

Literaturhaus Europa
25/02/2016
Love at First Sight: British Crime Fiction and the Germans

For two days at the end of January, ‘Brit Crime’ took over the Humboldt University in Berlin. It was the British Council’s annual literature seminar, bringing together contemporary British writers with students, academics, publishers, journalists and translators for discussions and workshops.

Literaturhaus Europa
31/08/2016
Kafka's 'The Trial' at The Young Vic: A sexed-up parable of modernity

Hustled along seemingly interminable walkways and shunted onto escalators by the crush of city commuters, the air heavy with heat, increasingly doubtful that I would ever reach my desired destination, I pondered the remarkable resemblance between my world and that of K., Kafka’s century-old protagonist.

European Literature Network
16/12/2015
‪#‎RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews LAKELAND by Maureen O'Shaughnessy

Published by Ginninderra Press (Australia) The epigraph to comes from Eva Hoffman's meditation on the Holocaust, After Such Knowledge : 'Stand too close to horror, and you get fixation, paralysis, engulfment; stand too far, and you get voyeurism or forgetting. Distance matters.'

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