Our Correspondents, Translators and Community managers

Correspondents


euro|topics has a Europe-wide network of correspondents. Every day they read the main newspapers in countries across the continent, from Estonia to Portugal, and select articles for the press review. The translators then make sure that the press review is also available in English and French. A list of the correspondents and translators follows. If you would like to get in touch, please send an email to: eurotopics@bpb.de

Dirk Auer is euro|topics' correspondent for Germany. He has worked as a freelance Southeast Europe correspondent for various print media and radio broadcasters since 2003 and was based in Sofia and Belgrade for ten years. He studied political science, sociology and philosophy in Oldenburg and Bremen.

Sebastian Becker is the euro|topics correspondent in Poland. He lives in Warsaw and writes for VDI-Nachrichten and Polish media such as the private TV channel Superstacja.

Annette Birschel is the euro|topics correspondent in the Netherlands and the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. She has been based in Amsterdam for 12 years, working as an independent (radio) journalist for various German media. Before that she lived in Germany, France, the US and Switzerland (Geneva).

Peter Bognar is the euro|topics correspondent in Hungary. He studied political Science, philosophy and Finno-Ugrian studies in Vienna und Budapest. He is the Hungarian correspondent of the Austrian daily newspaper "Die Presse" and editor of the Hungarian weekly "Budapester Zeitung". He also works as a translator.

Dilşad Budak Sarıoğlu is the Turkey correspondent for euro|topics. She studied law at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf. Dilşad has been working as an actor, author, presenter and freelance producer in Istanbul, her birthplace, since 2013. She has also worked for the German state broadcaster ARD.

Nicholas Bukovec is the euro|topics correspondent for the UK and Ireland. He studied political science, history and economics in Vienna, Dublin and Limerick. From 1999 to 2011 he worked as a political and international editor for the daily newspaper Kurier in Vienna. Since 2011 he has been based in Dublin, working as a freelance journalist and for an online marketing platform.

Eva Clausen is the euro|topics correspondent in Italy. After completing her A-levels she travelled to Italy and has been living in Rome since 1980. She studied English literature and language and art history in Rome. She worked for a literary agency, in film, in theatre and for various publishers. Since 1995, she has focussed on journalism, working for RAI in Italy, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Handelsblatt, Der Standard and Die Zeit and mainly covering art and culture, society, and travel.

Marc Engelhardt is the euro|topics correspondent for German-speaking Switzerland and Austria. He has been based in Geneva since 2011, and from there he reports on current affairs in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and on developments at the United Nations for the German public broadcaster ARD and various dailies and news agencies. He travels on a regular basis to Africa, where he lived and worked from 2004 to 2010. He is chairman of the correspondent network weltreporter.net.

Tom Gebhardt is the euro|topics correspondent in Spain. After completing a degree in journalism in Germany and postgraduate studies in politics and philosophy in Bolivia, he worked at the Goethe Institute in La Paz and then as an editor for German-speaking newspapers in Spain for several years. He speaks Spanish, English and Catalan.

Maris Hellrand is the euro|topics correspondent in Estonia. While reading political studies and communication in Munich she worked for Radio Free Europe. She then worked as a freelance journalist in Korea, England and Singapore. When Tallinn was European Capital of Culture 2011 she was the contact person for all the international media. Today she also works as a media advisor for festivals and conferences.

Nina Henkelmann is the euro|topics correspondent for France and the Francophone communities of Luxembourg, Belgium and Switzerland. She studied Romance languages and literature, cultural studies and communication in Germany and France, and works in media and publicity, language teaching and translation in Germany, France and Italy.

Simon Kamm is the euro|topics correspondent in Portugal. He works for the Portuguese news agency LUSA and studied media and communication science as well as journalism in Switzerland and in Portugal.

Kristina Karasu is the euro|topics correspondent in Turkey. After studying applied cultural studies in Hildesheim (Germany) and Sassari (Italy), she worked as a TV editor in Hanover. Kristina has been living in Istanbul since 2010, where she works as a documentary filmmaker, film editor and freelance journalist for Spiegel Online, Arte, Deutsche Welle and ZDF, among others.

Claudia Knauer is the euro|topics correspondent in Denmark, where she and her family have lived for almost twelve years. After studying political science, philosophy and public law in Kiel and the United States Claudia worked as a journalist for many years, primarily covering stories dealing with university education and medicine. She has been deputy editor of the German-language newspaper Der Nordschleswiger for several years now.

Dimiter Muftieff is the euro|topics correspondent in Bulgaria. A native of Sofia, he studied in Vienna and Hamburg before working as an editor for Bulgarian National Radio. Today he reports from Sofia as a freelance print and radio journalist for a variety of German media and n-ost.

Annett Müller is the euro|topics correspondent in Romania. She works as an independent journalist in Bucharest and Leipzig for the German public broadcaster ARD and n-ost. She studied journalism and psychology in Leipzig and Edinburgh.

Anne Rentzsch is the euro|topics correspondent in Sweden. She has lived in Stockholm since 1994. She is an editor for Radio Schweden, the German-language service of Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Radio. She also works as a translator and freelance journalist for several radio stations and print media in Germany and Austria.

Ksenija Samardzija Matul is the euro|topics correspondent in Slovenia. She was born and brought up in Stuttgart, the child of immigrant workers - a Slovenian mother and Croatian father. She took a degree in English and German studies in Slovenia. She works as a freelance journalist and news editor in the German and English editorial department at Radio Slovenia International (part of Slovenia's public broadcasting service) in Maribor. She also works as a translator and narrator for short documentaries and presentation films.

Bernhard Schinwald is the euro|topics correspondent for Switzerland and Austria. He lives in Vienna and works as a free-lance journalist and as a columnist for NZZ.at.

Hans-Jörg Schmidt is correspondent in Slovakia and the Czech Republic for euro|topics and several German-language newspapers, including Die Welt. After studying journalism he moved to Prague, where he has lived since 1990. His book "Tschechien - eine Nachbarschaftskunde für Deutsche" was published by the Christoph-Links-Verlag in 2006.

Vytene Stasaityte is euro|topics' Lithuania correspondent. She has worked for various print and online media since 2003. She currently works for the website of the business paper Verslo žinios.

Claudius Technau is the euro|topics correspondent in Finland. After studying journalism and political science he moved to Helsinki in 1995 and taught German for a few years. Since 1996 he has been a freelance journalist and worked for the Berliner Zeitung, Spiegel magazine, the German broadcaster NDR, the APA news agency and other media. He also works as a translator.

Sandra Valtere is the euro|topics correspondent in Latvia. She studied German language and literature and works as a freelance journalist.

Marijan Vrdoljak is euro|topics' correspondent in Croatia. He studied journalism with a focus on television and worked for several years as an editor for RTL Croatia, among others. As a freelance journalist and producer he has filmed reports for various Croatian and foreign media. He works as a TV producer in Zagreb and since 2014 as a stringer for German broadcaster ZDF's Vienna studio in Croatia.

Dieter Weiand is the euro|topics correspondent in Sweden. He has lived in front of the gates of Stockholm since 1994. Until 2008 he was managing editor at Radio Schweden, the German-language service of Swedish public broadcaster Sveriges Radio. He has been working as an editor for Swedish broadcasters since 2010.

Chrissi Wilkens is the euro|topics correspondent in Greece and Cyprus. She is half-Greek and studied sociology in Munich. Since 2003 she has been based in Athens, working as a journalist for the weekly newspaper "Investor's World", the magazine "Diplomatia" and other Greek media.

Jörg Winterbauer is euro|topics correspondent in Poland. A freelance journalist, Jörg has lived in Warsaw since 2015. He contributes to various German media, primarily in the areas of politics, society, culture and travel.

Translators


John Lambert translates euro|topics into English. After finishing his doctorate in post-analytic philosophy, John worked as translation editor for the English edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, then as editor-in-chief of the online cultural magazine signandsight.com. Freelance translator since 2008.

Alison Waldie translates euro|topics into English. She read European Studies in London and then moved in 1994 to Berlin, where she earned a degree in translation at the Humboldt University. She has been working as a freelance translator since 1999.

Marjolaine Cavalier translates euro|topics into French. After studying English studies and German studies in Montpellier she moved to Berlin, where she earned a degree in translation and did a preparatory course in Russian at the Humboldt University. After a year in Glasgow she returned to Berlin, where she has worked as a freelance translator specialized in education, research, labour and social affairs, and the environment since 2002.

Antoine Rossi studied languages in Grenoble and Heidelberg and earned a master's degree in translation. He has worked with euro|topics translating the press review into French since 2008. After spells in Bologna, Istanbul and Nicosia he moved to Athens, where he has been living and working since January 2011.

Ogün Duman translates euro|topics into Turkish. He has been a translator and interpreter since 1991. He works for various EU institutions and other organisations and is an accredited interpreter for the EU Commission. He was awarded the Austrian Ministry of Culture's translation prize for his work as a literary translator. He was also a correspondent for the daily newspaper Siyah-Beyaz and was in charge of the daily media monitoring at the German embassy in Ankara.

Dilman Muradoğlu translates euro|topics into Turkish. She has more than 25 years of experience as a translator. In addition to translating poetry, fiction and science books she has also translated articles on political, economic, social and cultural affairs for the Goethe Institute, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. She was also a correspondent and editor with the Turkish newspapers Cumhuriyet and Yeni Yüzyıl.

Attila Azrak is a German-Turkish journalist based in Germany. He has worked as a freelancer for the Turkish-language broadcasts of the German public broadcaster WDR and Deutsche Welle's Turkish service since 1993. He also worked for the Turkish dailies Sabah and Cumhuriyet and the television broadcaster NTV-Istanbul. He does the final edit of the Turkish version of eurotopics on a regular basis.

Community managers


Christina E. Lee, born in Washington, D.C., is a lawyer and social media expert. She has worked in the United States, Serbia, Hungary and Germany for various human rights organizations and is particularly interested in the intersection between media, policy, and human rights.

Céline Schoen is the community manager for all French-language social media channels at euro|topics. She studied journalism in Strasbourg and Rennes and has been a correspondent in Brussels since 2016 covering the EU for the French daily, La Croix.

Dilay Yalcin is the Community Manager for euro|topics in Turkey. She started working as a journalist for Radikal daily in Turkey - one of the many news outlets that have been shut down in Turkey in the recent years. Dilay became an associate producer at the United Nations TV in New York and currently works as a freelance journalist for various national and international media in Turkey.