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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in the Turkish capital.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Investors brace as Erdogan stakes economy on pursuit of one-man rule

March 15, 2017

Turkey's continuing slide into authoritarianism could deter investment and blight early signs of economic recovery.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Central bank keeps its powder dry

December 21, 2016

Economists believe as the lira comes under further pressure the central bank will be left with no other option but to raise rates in 2017.

ISTANBUL BLOG: GDP fall highlights economy's weaknesses

December 15, 2016

The central bank is under political pressure to cut rates and boost growth at a time when the lira is in freefall.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Bahceli clears way for Erdogan's referendum

December 1, 2016

With this unexpected move the MHP has become the key player in Turkish politics.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey looks to US as EU relations worsen

November 11, 2016

Ankara is cautiously optimistic that the election of Donald Trump may mark the start of a new era.

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