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Caught between a rock and a hard place, Erdogan seeks a way out

Ankara has to improve Turkey’s international image with major reforms in order to attract much-needed foreign capital but the jury is out on whether President Erdogan can do it.
VAROSHA, CYPRUS - NOVEMBER 15: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  speaks on November 15, 2020 in the disputed coastal town of Varosha in Famagusta, Cyprus, after a picnic. (Photo by Alexis Mitas/Getty Images)

Developments at home and abroad are forcing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to seek a fresh course aimed at delivering Turkey from its current economic morass and debilitating political isolation in the West.

Having sacrificed his son-in-law Berat Albayrak, the former finance and treasury minister, at the altar of a “new beginning,” Erdogan is casting himself now as an economic and judicial reformist who will overcome Turkey’s woes.

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