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.

Portfolio

Turkey jails six media workers for life, frees German
(CNN)A Turkish court sentenced six journalists and other media professionals to life in prison Friday, Turkey's Anadolu state news agency reported, roughly an hour after another...
Top member of German far-right party resigns after converting to Islam
Arthur Wagner, a leading member of Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the eastern state of Brandenburg, left his position on the party's state executive committee on January 11...
Germany's SPD votes for coalition talks with Merkel
Germany's leaders have taken a crucial step towards breaking a deadlock that has prevented the formation of a new government since elections four months ago. At a special party...
'The least bad option:' Germany limps toward a new government
Six hundred delegates from Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) will descend on the city of Bonn this Sunday for a special party congress. All eyes are on one agenda item: A...
'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' denied mercy plea
A former Nazi officer known as "the bookkeeper of Auschwitz" has been told he must serve out his four-year prison sentence, despite lodging an appeal for clemency. Oskar...
Turkish court orders release of German journalist
A Turkish court has ordered the release of German journalist and translator Mesale Tolu, according to Germany's Foreign Ministry. Tolu, who was detained seven months ago, will...
Germany's social democrats vote to start talks with Merkel's party
Germany's Social Democrats have given the green light for their party to enter preliminary coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's party in a vote that could trigger an...
Merkel's party to meet with SPD to break German deadlock
Germany's Social Democrats will meet next week with Chancellor Angela Merkel's alliance in a bid to break the country's post-election political deadlock, President Frank-Walter...
Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Can Germany's 'anti-Trump' end Merkel's political crisis?
Just over a year ago, Frank-Walter Steinmeier was nominated for the job of German President. "My joy at the task is great," he said in an acceptance speech in Berlin. But not...
What next for Germany as Merkel myth implodes?
It was just before midnight on Sunday when Christian Lindner, leader of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP), made the stunning announcement that his party was pulling out of...
Merkel: New elections a 'better path' than minority government
Fresh elections in Germany appeared increasingly likely Monday evening after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she preferred a new vote over governing without a...
Germany paves way for recognition of 'third gender'
Germany's top court ruled Wednesday that lawmakers must legally recognize a "third gender" from birth. Once a law is passed, Germany would become the first European country to...
Nazi-era art dealer's hidden hoard on show for the first time
The discovery of over 1,400 works of art in a shabby apartment in Munich in 2012 stunned the world. The vast collection was uncovered in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son...
Syrian teenager plotted bomb attack in Germany, police say
A Syrian teenager has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning an attack using powerful explosives, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor said Tuesday. The...
First day on the job: Meet Germany's new far-right politicians
Germany's 709 members of parliament are gathering Tuesday for the first time since federal elections exactly one month ago. All eyes will be on the 92 lawmakers representing...
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...
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...
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...

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