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

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,...
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...
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"...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
#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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.

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