Could a Multibillion-Dollar Canal Be Erdogan’s Undoing in Turkey?

A ship sails through the Bosporus strait in Istanbul, Turkey, June 24, 2018 (AP photo by Emrah Gurel).
A ship sails through the Bosporus strait in Istanbul, Turkey, June 24, 2018 (AP photo by Emrah Gurel).
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ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made multibillion-dollar infrastructure schemes a hallmark of his years in power, championing megaprojects like an ongoing extension of Turkey’s high-speed rail network and a gargantuan new airport outside Istanbul. He and his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, claim they spur economic development and create jobs. Many activists in Turkey have long opposed Erdogan’s building spree due to its high social and environmental costs, but have had little success in stopping it. That may change with Erdogan’s latest push for what he once called his “crazy project”: digging a 28-mile canal on the […]

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