Judith Vonberg

Freelance journalist

I'm a freelance journalist currently working on the digital news team at CNN International in the London bureau, where I began as an intern in January 2017. I also work 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. You can see some of my work on refugee and migration issues at www.peoplecrossingborders.com.

I have also recently passed my doctorate in Anglo-German Cultural Relations. My PhD thesis explores the mutual depictions of Britons and Germans in British and German popular culture just after the Second World War.

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'Thousands' of bridges in Italy may be at risk, experts warn

Unknown numbers of people were still missing two days after a highway bridge in northern Italy gave way, authorities said, as experts warned Thursday that thousands of other...


Highway bridge collapses in Italy, leaving about two dozen dead

A major section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed on Tuesday, sending vehicles hurtling toward the earth and leaving 22 people dead, Italian Prime...


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...


Hundreds injured at Spain music festival when platform collapses

More than 300 people were injured after a wooden platform collapsed at a music festival in Spain on Sunday.


France floods: One missing and 1,600 evacuated

A German man in his 70s is missing and 1,600 people have been evacuated because of flash floods in France, according to authorities.


Russia: US sanctions are 'categorically unacceptable'

Further US sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of a former spy are "unacceptable" and "illegal," according to President Vladimir Putin's spokesman.


Greece fires: 'Serious indications of arson,' minister says

The mayor of the municipality in Greece where more than 80 people died in wildfires this week admitted that mistakes were made in response to the crisis.


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.


Dozens of wildfires are raging across Sweden

Sweden is struggling to battle dozens of severe, drought-fueled forest fires raging across the country.


Nicaragua: Government forces retake opposition stronghold

A major stronghold of Nicaragua's anti-government movement was retaken after police and supporters of President Daniel Ortega stormed the suburb.


Europe 'can't completely rely on White House,' German FM says

Heiko Maas said the EU could "no longer completely rely on the White House" after Trump described the bloc, a key US ally, as a "foe" in an interview.


UN urges Israel and Gaza to 'step back from the brink' of war

The United Nations has issued an urgent appeal for Israel and Gaza to "step back from the brink" of war and revive the reconciliation process.


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.


At least 149 killed in Pakistan terror strike targeting political rally

At least 149 people were killed and 186 injured in a suicide attack in Pakistan that targeted the convoy of a political candidate in this month's general election, according to...


'Sciatica' caused EU's Jean-Claude Juncker to stumble at NATO gala

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was suffering from a an "attack of sciatica" at a NATO gala, causing him to stumble, according to a spokesman.


Former Catalan leader can be extradited, German court rules

A German court has ruled that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont can be extradited to Spain on a corruption charge.


After NATO meeting, Macron rejected Trump's claim on defense spending

French President Emmanuel Macron has rejected a claim by US President Donald Trump that NATO allies had agreed to increase defense spending "at levels that they never thought of...


Thai cave rescue suspended for the day after four more boys freed

The second day of rescue operations at the cave site in northern Thailand ended after four more boys were brought out of the flooded cave system on Monday.


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...


At least 270,000 Syrians flee latest deadly regime offensive

At least 270,000 Syrians have fled their homes in southwest Syria since the government launched an offensive against rebels over two weeks ago, according to the UN Refugee Agency.