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Istanbul Canal, Turkey’s controversial and ambitious project to link Europe and Asia

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The city of Istanbul extends on both sides of the Bosphorus

Turkey inaugurated on Saturday (26/6) the construction works of the Istanbul Canal, a 45-kilometer infrastructure that artificially links Europe and Asia for the first time in history and opens a new navigable route between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

The work is described by the country’s president, Recip Tayip Erdogan, as a “crazy project”.

Since 2011, when Erdogan (who was prime minister at the time) introduced the bill, this ambitious plan, inspired by the Panama and Suez canals and running parallel to the Bosphorus Strait, has been moving forward. The works are expected to take seven years, according to the local press.

The project is far from being a consensus in Turkey, with criticism about its possible social, economic and environmental repercussions.

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