Judith Vonberg

Freelance journalist

I'm a journalist and PhD candidate. In 2017 I completed a four-month Digital News internship at CNN International where I wrote and collaborated on over 30 articles, including news, politics, health, style and social stories. Two of my stories led the CNN International homepage. 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. You can see some of my work on refugee and migration issues at www.peoplecrossingborders.com. My PhD thesis explores the mutual perceptions of Britons and Germans just after the Second World War.

Portfolio

HIGHLIGHTS

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...
Germany's hidden hunger: On the breadline in Europe's richest country
Lilifer Kus works five days a week at a butcher’s shop, but every Thursday morning she can be found at her local food bank, collecting the supplies she needs to feed her family.
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...
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...
Britain's young voters are angry, not apathetic
With younger people in the UK significantly worse off than older generations, they're not apathetic about elections -- they're frustrated and angry.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Translated fiction is not a genre. Why do bookshops tell us it is?
Translated fiction is not a genre. It is illogical and unhelpful to suggest otherwise.
Do we really need another drama about Hitler?
A new series being produced in Germany seeks to portray Hitler as a human being, in an attempt to explain an evil that seems inexplicable.
'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...
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...
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...

NEWS Articles

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...
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...
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...
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...
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for cryo-electron microsopy
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their pioneering work developing new methods of visualising biomolecules, such as the Zika virus.
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...
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."...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...

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