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).
Elections in Bavaria and the Future of Conservatives in German

Elections in Bavaria and the Future of Conservatives in German Politics

October 10, 2018
The elections to be held on Sunday will show how the future of conservatives in Germany will be shaped, how the fragile federal government led by Merkel will react to a major success of the AfD, and how the people will elaborate a likely shift to a more far-rightist and populist type of politics in general.
Towards a Limited but Robust Rapprochement Between Turkey and Germany

Towards a Limited but Robust Rapprochement Between Turkey and Germany

October 3, 2018
While on the one hand it can be stated that a new era is launched with Germany, on the other, the negative ambitions of several circles in Germany in regards to Turkey will continue.
Public Pressure in Germany and the Future of Hans-Georg Maassen

Public Pressure in Germany and the Future of Hans-Georg Maassen

September 26, 2018
Is it normal for a person, who is not even a politician – neither a rightist or leftist – but a high-profile bureaucrat, or even “the country’s spymaster,” to address certain sensitive topics by contradicting the country’s ruling Chancellor and the person whose authority he is working under.
How Do We Remember Adnan Menderes in Contemporary Turkish Politics

How Do We Remember Adnan Menderes in Contemporary Turkish Politics?

September 19, 2018
Most people still are in the opinion that Turkey owes much to Adnan Menderes due to his struggle for democracy, because otherwise it’s still believed that a quasi-single-party-regime would have continued.
Lack of Communication Between Germany's Domestic Federal Authorities

Lack of Communication Between Germany's Domestic Federal Authorities?

September 12, 2018
It is this very ambivalent situation, in which the head of the federal government has serious difficulties in controlling her governing ministers and related domestic offices, that supports the narratives of the far-right – including the AfD.
Thilo Sarrazin's Hostile Takeover Does Islam Obstruct Progress and Threaten

Thilo Sarrazin's Hostile Takeover: Does Islam Obstruct Progress and Threaten Society?

September 5, 2018
Sarrazin concludes that the “religiously colored cultural unity of the majority of Muslims” and their rising birth rates in Europe, and in particular in Germany, threatens open society, democracy, and prosperity. As a consequence, Sarrazin argues, Muslim immigration has to be strictly regulated.
Turkey is important for Europe despite Sigmar Gabriel s false

Turkey is important for Europe despite Sigmar Gabriel’s false prophecies

August 29, 2018
By warning that Europe would pay the price if Turkey was to become destablized by sanctions imposed by the Trump administration, Gabriel also added that if Europe does not do everything to keep Turkey a part of the West, “nationalistic forces” in Turkey could “reach for the atom bomb, as in Iran and North Korea, to make themselves unassailable.”
The Trump Effect on Turkey-Germany relations

The Trump Effect on Turkey-Germany relations

August 22, 2018
Even though Germany’s recent positive position regarding Turkey is based rather on economic interests and short-term goals, which are also based on President Trump's personal and similar negative attitudes against Germany, relations between Turkey and German might mutually benefit from this current situation.
A chance to deepen Turkey-Germany relations

A chance to deepen Turkey-Germany relations

August 15, 2018
The Turkish President’s planned visit in September might enable the opportunity for both countries to broaden their horizons, to reduce tension and to deepen bilateral relations.
Dangerous Aspirations Germany as a New Nuclear Power

Dangerous Aspirations: Germany as a New Nuclear Power?

August 8, 2018
That the debate about Germany’s potential aim to have its own nuclear weapon coincides with the nationalist trend in the country’s political discourse also points out an interesting and deteriorating path.