James Carstensen

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* Düsseldorf, Germany

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James Carstensen

Graduate law student (Juris Doctors) with four years of geopolitics and legal journalism experience, and seven years of legal research and paralegal experience, with a network of contacts in E.U. organisations, universities, law firms and think tanks. 

Based in Düsseldorf, Germany. Particularly familiar German and, increasingly, E.U. policy. I've covered stories such as the Iran Deal fallout, Turkish coup and subsequent authoritarian shift, and tensions between the E.U., U.S., and Russia since Ukraine crisis. 

My background in international law and trade provides a sound understanding of policy and lawmaking.

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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