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ISTANBUL BLOG: Can Turkey shake its addiction to soft credits?

August 17, 2017

More than 80% of Turkey’s $71bn credit guarantee fund has been used up in just nine months, leaving analysts wondering whether the strong growth in stock market valuations and the wider economy can be maintained.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Kilicdaroglu's "Justice March" leaves Turkish opposition at a crossroads

July 13, 2017

The CHP leader does not seem to have a road map to challenge President Erdogan, and the opposition parties all want to go in different directions.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Will Kilicdaroglu’s long march unite Turkey’s opposition?

June 22, 2017

President Erdogan's referendum flop has given the CHP leader an opportunity, but he will struggle to create a united front including nationalists, Kurds, and socialists.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Better than expected Turkish growth raises concerns

June 19, 2017

The 5% growth in the first quarter was built on government spending and a consumer credit boom, which analysts fear could store up problems for the future.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey’s economy rises on credit expansion, but sceptics question trajectory

June 5, 2017

The key question is whether the new growth will be sustained for at least a few years, rather than merely a run of quarters.

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