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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Migrant rescue ship to dock in Malta after being stranded for five days

A search-and-rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean since Friday with 233 migrants on board will finally dock in Malta, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.


Israel warns Hamas as tensions escalate over Gaza rockets and incendiary kites

In one of the biggest exchanges of fire between the two sides in years, militants in Gaza launched some 45 rockets toward Israel early Wednesday morning, prompting retaliatory...


Hungary's 'Stop Soros' law makes it illegal to help migrants

Migrant and refugee organizations in Hungary are facing an uncertain future after the passage of legislation that criminalizes helping undocumented immigrants.


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...


French police cut soles from shoes of child migrants, report says

Child migrants are being abused, detained and returned to Italy illegally by French police, according to a report published Friday by Oxfam.


Man at center of Nobel Prize sexual harassment scandal charged with rape

The French photographer at the center of a sexual harassment scandal that forced the postponement of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature has been charged with two counts of...


629 migrants stranded as Italy's populists refuse to let ship dock

Spain announced Monday that it would allow a ship carrying hundreds of migrants to dock in Valencia after Italy's new populist government turned the boat away in a move...


Poland's top judge defies law forcing her removal

The head of Poland's Supreme Court, MaƂgorzata Gersdorf, defied a new law that has escalated tensions between the EU and Poland's government.


Pope criticizes Trump administration over family separations

Pope Francis has added his voice to the criticism over the Trump administration's practice of separating migrant families. "It's not easy, but populism is not the solution."


Albert Einstein railed against racism. Now, his travel diaries reveal he had a racist streak

Travel logs written by famed physicist and anti-racism campaigner Albert Einstein reveal that the scientist held some racist and xenophobic views.


Spain offers to take in migrant ship after Italy turns it away

Spain says it will allow a ship carrying hundreds of migrants to dock in Valencia after Italy's populist government turned the boat away in a move described as "unprecedented."


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...


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...


Iraqi asylum-seeker wanted over murder of girl, 14, in Germany

German police have issued an international arrest warrant for an Iraqi asylum-seeker suspected of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in western Germany, the prosecutor's...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...