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



Buried WWII munitions explode as wildfire burns near Berlin

A number of World War II munitions exploded as wildfires took hold in a forest around 40 miles southwest of Berlin.


Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in computer games

Computer and video games featuring Nazi symbols such as the swastika can now be sold in Germany uncensored after a regulatory body lifted the longstanding ban.


Life in prison for German neo-Nazi for 10 murders

One of the sole surviving members of a German neo-Nazi network was found guilty Wednesday of 10 counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison.


Migration dispute in Germany over for now as coalition reaches deal

Germany's three-party coalition reached an agreement on a key migration policy Thursday night, ending, for now, a dispute that had threatened to bring down the government.


Merkel makes deal with interior minister on migration dispute

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition remains intact after she reached an agreement Monday with her interior minister.


Bear killed after escaping enclosure at German zoo

A bear was shot dead after it escaped from an enclosure at a zoo in western Germany on Friday, authorities have said.


Angela Merkel given ultimatum over migration policy

The German Chancellor was given two weeks to agree a new migration policy with European leaders or face a renewed rebellion from her own government.


Crosses go up in public buildings across Bavaria

Every public building in the southern German state of Bavaria is now required to display a Christian cross at the entrance to greet visitors.


What -- and whom -- Merkel's outlasted during her 12 years in power

On Wednesday, Angela Merkel will begin a historic fourth term as Chancellor of Germany, making her one of the longest-serving leaders in modern German history. Merkel, who grew...


Angela Merkel starts fourth term as German Chancellor

Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany after lawmakers voted to re-elect her as leader in a close vote on Wednesday morning. She will now begin a historic fourth...


Eight sentenced to jail for right-wing terror crimes in Germany

Eight people have been found guilty of being members of a right-wing terror organization by a court in Germany. A federal court in Dresden handed down the verdict Wednesday...


Angela Merkel set for fourth term after coalition deal

Germany's Social Democratic Party voted to renew a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, paving the way for her fourth term after nearly six months of...


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...