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.

United Kingdom



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...


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...


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...


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...

New Statesman

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...

New Statesman

Why is Germany so obsessed with Hamlet?

From 18th century philosophers to present day audiences, Germans just can’t get enough of the Dane.