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

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...
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...
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...
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...
'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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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....
'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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
'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...
"A sinking ship with not enough lifeboats": London citizens call for urgent action on child...
Around 150 people gathered outside the Home Office yesterday to celebrate the arrival of the first so-called "Dubs children" and to urge leaders of government and local councils...
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,...
The referendum: A choice between taking our country back and taking it forwards?
Thursday’s vote presents us with two visions of our country. The Leave campaign offers us an anti-immigration, nostalgia driven fantasy while Remain, in its more inspiring...
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...
Swapping Neil MacGregor for Hartwig Fischer: why we need more Anglo-German cultural exchange
German art historian Hartwig Fischer has just started his new job as director of the British Museum. A strange quirk of fate has seen the museum's former director, Neil...
The New Keywords Project: A timely intervention in the debate around migration and refugee...
The New Keywords Collective Project was launched in 2015 as a series of collaborative essays on key words or topic areas related to the current debate about migration and...
Opinion: Refugees Welcome? Britain, Germany and the Refugee Crisis | FAIRPLANET.ORG | Read,...
'Refugees Welcome' has been revealed as Germany's official 'Anglicism of the Year' for 2015. A panel of judges, mostly linguists, confers each year to choose the English word or...
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...

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