Emily Schultheis is a freelance journalist and recent fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs, based in Berlin. She writes primarily about the rise of populist far-right parties and threats to democracy across Europe.


Over the course of her reporting career, Emily’s work has appeared in The AtlanticThe New York Times, Politico, The Guardian, Politico Europe, The Associated Press, Foreign Policy, National Geographic, TIME, Slate, BBC Online, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, National Journal, Coda Story, Der Tagesspiegel, Deutsche Welle and Spiegel International, among others.

From 2011 to 2017, Emily covered U.S. national politics and elections from Washington, first for Politico and then for the National Journal and CBS News. She is also a previous recipient of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, and the East-West Center Jefferson Fellowship for her reporting on international politics and populism.

Emily, a San Francisco Bay Area native, holds a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Nationalism Studies from Central European University.

Get in touch: contact [at] emilyrschultheis [dot] com.

Selected recent stories

“Germany Turns Out the Lights on Nuclear Power — At Last”: Foreign Policy, April 2023

“Finland’s Sanna Marin Might Get the Pink Slip Sunday”: Foreign Policy, March 2023

“Finland’s ‘NATO Option’ Set to Become Reality”: Foreign Policy, March 2023

“Russians convene in the ‘city of spies'”: Prospect Magazine, February 2023

“Germany’s Far-Right ‘Firewall’ Is Starting to Crack”: Foreign Policy, February 2023

“Austria’s far-right Freedom Party regains national momentum”: The Associated Press, February 2023

“Andrej Babis’s Scorched-Earth Bid for the Czech Presidency”: Foreign Policy, January 2023

“It’s not just QAnon: Why Germany is a hotbed for far-right conspiracy movements”: Grid News, December 2022

“Europe Is Learning to Live Without Russian Energy”: Foreign Policy, December 2022

“‘Necessary to Disobey Harmful Laws’: These ‘Abortion Pirates’ Want Equal Access to Abortion Pills Worldwide”: Politico Magazine, November 2022