Analysis: Turkey’s ‘Canal Istanbul’ Explained (Video)

Canal Istanbul is the largest infrastructure project Turkey has ever seen. It will connect the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, and fulfill one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s oldest dreams: To provide a new route, beside the Bosporus, for tankers sailing between the two seas, while at the same time boosting Turkey’s revenues. But the controversial project is pitting Turkey’s president against Istanbul’s mayor, Ekrem İmamoğlu, and the majority of the city’s citizens. So why is the canal so unpopular? And why does Erdogan want to build it anyway?

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