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

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey braces for epoch-making referendum

April 14, 2017

Polls indicate voters will grant Erdogan an executive presidency, though analysts say there may be a big hidden 'No' vote.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkish business stranded on the referendum battlefield

April 7, 2017

The outrage that followed an April Fool’s advert for a confectionery company shows how dangerous the political environment has become for business.

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.

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