For months now, rumors have been swirling around Turkey that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was getting ready to unveil what was being dubbed a "crazy project." Well, that day has arrived. Erdogan has told a conference audience that he plans to initiate a project to build a canal near Istanbul that will connect the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, thus allowing ships to bypass the Bosphorus Straits, which cut through the heart of the city.
According to reports, preliminary studies for the some 50 kilometer long canal, which would be built west of Istanbul, will take two years. There has been no mention of cost, but Erdogan reportedly said that Turkey -- which, it is worth nothing, is approaching parliamentary elections this summer -- will have no problem financing it. More details here.
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