Ekrem Eddy Güzeldere is a political analyst and journalist specialized in Turkey's current affairs. Since February 2017 he is again based in Istanbul. He worked in Istanbul from 2005 to October 2015, for a German foundation and an international think tank and as a free-lance journalist, fixer, translator and consultant. He regularly works with German media (FAZ, ARD radio) and Italian Radio Radicale. From October 2015 until December 2016 he was a non-resident PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg working on Turkey - Brazil relations. The defense took place in Oct. 2017, http://ediss.sub.uni-hamburg.de/volltexte/2017/8796/ . Ekrem completed a master’s degree in political sciences at the Free University of Berlin (2000) and the post-graduate "Euromasters" degree at universities in Bath, Paris, and Madrid (2001). In December 2014 he published a journalistic book about Brazil in German entitled “Brazil without stereotypes”.
Zivilgesellschaft unter Damokles-Dekreten, article in German on the situation of civil society in Turkey, especially what changed after the failed coup in July 2016. The article was published in late August 2017
July/August 2017, Türkische Außenpolitik - Null Freunde, Politik und Kultur. Article in German about Turkish foreign policy for the monthly Politik und Kultur.
Despite the alarming situation in the Kurdish region of neighbouring Iraq, some Yazidis have recently returned from Germany to their native villages in south-eastern Anatolia. The coming years will indicate whether the resettlement is a lasting one.
The first Arabic bookshop in Istanbul opened its doors in June. It is run by Syrian refugees, together with Turkish publishers. They want the shop to become a meeting place for Arabs and Turks. It already offers much more than just Arabic literature.