Inside Turkey's Conservative Heartland

Coming to power after a financial crash in 2001 and a huge IMF loan, Turkey now boasts the world's 17th largest economy. Annual growth hit 9% in 2010 - but has since slowed rapidly, to under 3% last year. Financial jitters are creeping back - but in the city of Konya, the worries seem far away. This previously agricultural city, known as Turkey's "bread basket", is soaring. Exports have also risen 10 times in the past decade. However, criticism of Turkey's government - and especially the divisive President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - has exploded in recent years. Declining freedom of speech, the lack of an independent judiciary and growing authoritarianism are frequently cited by opponents within Turkey and the West, with which relations have soured.



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