M. Erkut Ayvaz

M. Erkut Ayvaz

M. Erkut Ayvaz graduated from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) with a double-major in Political Science and Public Law in 2011. He spent the academic year 2012-2013 at Duke University (NC, USA) with a DAAD-scholarship. In 2014 he received his MA after completing his master’s thesis which addressed the civil-military relations in Turkey. Currently, Ayvaz is working on his doctoral dissertation at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (Germany).
The End of Center Political Parties in Germany

The End of Center Political Parties in Germany?

June 13, 2019
Smaller parties will most likely reduce the SPD to an insignificant role which in the long-term may even cause difficulties in passing the 5 percent threshold
Why Turkey's Democratic Left Party Did Not Support Ekrem Imamoglu

Why Turkey's Democratic Left Party Did Not Support Ekrem Imamoglu

June 6, 2019
It might even be the case the voters of small parties will decide whether Ekrem Imamoglu or Binali Yildirim will be elected as the new mayor of Istanbul.
The Ibiza Scandal in Austria A Political Design in Europe

The Ibiza Scandal in Austria: A Political Design in Europe?

May 31, 2019
The chaos in Austrian politics had been triggered due to a video scandal in which the far-rightist vice-chancellor Strache was filmed while he was proposing to offer government contracts to a Russian oligarch's niece.
Another Populist Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's Statements on Istanbul Elections

Another Populist? Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's Statements on Istanbul Elections

May 23, 2019
Even in a case where the CHP candidate becomes successful on June 23, the fact is that the German government will have to cooperate with the Ankara administration, led by President Erdogan, until 2023.
Imamoglu Populism and the CHP

Imamoglu, Populism and the CHP

May 17, 2019
The CHP electorate will need to decide whether they want to continue with the populist Ekrem Imamoglu and his quasi-co-candidate Canan Kaftancioglu, or whether they want the party to reform to a social-democratic and populist free party.
Is it Possible to Stop the Far-Right in Europe

Is it Possible to Stop the Far-Right in Europe?

May 8, 2019
According to a secret report of Germany’s domestic intelligence service, terrorism tendencies are increasing within the different types of far-right circles in Germany.
How to Brand a State Debating German Identity

How to Brand a State: Debating German Identity

May 3, 2019
It should be clear for all in Germany that the people used in the Deutsche Bahn advertisement are successful German citizens. So, where is the problem?
New Alliances and Potential Power Struggles Within Germany s CDU

New Alliances and Potential Power Struggles Within Germany’s CDU

April 25, 2019
There are interesting issues being discussed in the media and political circles as to whether AKK will push Merkel in order to become Chancellor at an early date, or whether AKK will continue to work closely with Merkel until 2021, respect her as the country’s Chancellor together with all her preferences – to which Merz definitely does not belong.
Turkey's CHP is Reminiscent of the Far-Right in Europe

Turkey's CHP is Reminiscent of the Far-Right in Europe

April 19, 2019
Despite several confusing trends, it is a weird fact that Turkey’s main center-left political party, namely the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), regularly address Syrian refugees in a discriminatory tone – similar to that of European far-right circles.
Germany's Twofold Ambition Spend Less Be More Powerful

Germany's Twofold Ambition: Spend Less, Be More Powerful

April 11, 2019
Cooperating and acting closely with France and attempting to utilize the UN Security Council presidency that will last for a month alone are factors that underpin Germany’s global importance and ambitions of being a more active global actor.