Cigdem Akyol

Cigdem Akyol (born October 1978 in Herne) is German journalist and author of Turkish-Kurdish ancestry.[1]

Çiğdem Akyol, 2018


Akyols parents moved from Turkey to Germany in 1973 and settled in the Ruhr region in Herne. Akyol grew up in Herne, where she attended the Haranni-Gymnasium (high school). After her graduation in 1998 she studied international law and Eastern European history at the University of Cologne. Then she moved to Berlin to attend a journalism school and began working as a journalist. From 2006 to 2014 she worked for Berlin-based national German newspaper Die Tageszeitung, for which she often reported from abroad. In 2014 she accepted a temporary position the Deutsche Presse-Agentur offered in Istanbul. After the completion of her term she remained in Istanbul working as a freelance journalist and book author. In 2015 she published a book about Turkey in the 21st century, describing it as a conflicted split society and in 2016 she followed it up with an extensive biography of the Turkish politician and president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[1][2]


  • Generation Erdogan. Die Türkei – ein zerrissenes Land im 21. Jahrhundert. Kremayr & Scheriau, 2015, ISBN 978-3-218-00969-0
  • Erdogan: Die Biografie. Herder, 2016, ISBN 978-3451328862

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "Ich wollte nie in die Türkei" - biography at (German, retrieved 30 May 2016, archived version)
  2. ^ Cigdem Akyol at Perlentaucher (German, retrieved 30 May 2016)