New Bridge Linking Europe, Asia Embodies Turkey's Rise

Turkey launched construction Wednesday of a third bridge linking its European and Asian shores, the latest in a slew of multi-billion-dollar projects that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan sees as embodying its emergence as a major power.

Erdogan, who has led a decade-long transformation of a once crisis-prone economy into Europe’s fastest growing, has prioritized the building frenzy as the nation’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with its growth.

With an eye on an election cycle …

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