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Turkey's Economic Weakness Fuels a Slow-Burning Political Crisis

Emily Hawthorne
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Feb 17, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
This photo shows a tea seller plying his wares in a shopping district of Ankara, Turkey.

A Turkish tea seller carries a tray of glasses through the streets of a historic market district in Ankara. Rising inflation and slipping consumer confidence could cause the government in Ankara to continue to pursue an aggressive foreign policy to boost nationalism and buoy its popularity.

(DIEGO CUPOLO/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Although the ruling party calculates that it has the political heft to withstand growing economic concerns, it has hedged its bets by pursuing an aggressive foreign policy that appeals to nationalism. ...

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