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Erdoğan, Trump, and the Strongman Politics Devastating Turkey’s Economy

The usually bustling open market in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul was half full on Sunday.

Shop owners had increased their prices twenty per cent over the past two weeks.

  • Fariba Nawa
  • The New Yorker

The cost of a package of eggs had risen by fifty per cent in a week; the price of bananas imported from Latin America had doubled.

Fare 2bAynur Keskin, a homemaker with two school-aged children, bought a few items and shook her head, dismayed at the rising inflation, a result of the country’s ailing economy and the plummeting Turkish lira.

“I was thinking of going abroad for a holiday, but that’s a…

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