James Carstensen

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* Düsseldorf, Germany

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James Carstensen

Journalist based in Düsseldorf, Germany, with four years experience covering geopolitics, international trade, legal reporting and markets news from Germany and Europe. I've covered topics such as the Iran Deal, refugees and migration crisis, Russia and Ukraine crisis, Turkish coup de tat and subsequent crackdown, and so on. Legal-wise, I've covered cases such as the Kuwaitt Airlines banning an Israeli passenger in Germany and the court case of German comedian Jan Böhmermann sued for insulting Erdogan. 

Over my years of writing, I have slowly built a network of contacts in E.U. organisations, universities, law firms and think tanks, and my background in international law and trade provides a sound understanding of E.U. regulations and policy and legal-style investigative reporting. I've worked in Australia, Japan, China, Sweden and (currently) Germany.



After the first Islamic terror attacks hit Germany, Merkel stood firm in her conviction: "wir schaffen das" (“we can do it”), but not all agree.


When then Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, who was seen as more liberal and pro-Western than President Erdogan, stepped down, uncertainty surrounded future relations between Turkey and the West. Unlike Erdogan, Davutoglu held a much more E.U.-inclusive view and as such, was seen as the key mediator between Turkey and the E.U., personally brokering the migrant agreement with Merkel.


A front page report on the bombings that shook Brussels, with at least 34 people killed and more than 180 injured.

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