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Alexandra de Cramer

Alexandra de Cramer is a journalist based in Istanbul. She reported on the Arab Spring from Beirut as a Middle East correspondent for Milliyet newspaper. Her work ranges from current affairs to culture and has been featured in Monocle, Courier Magazine, Maison Francaise and Istanbul Art News.

Articles By Alexandra de Cramer

For Cash-Strapped Turks, Summer is Already Canceled By Alexandra de Cramer - Jun 24, 2022

Foreign tourists are once again flocking to Turkey, with some 42 million visitors expected to arrive this year, an increase of 12 million from 2021. But as Turkey’s tourism sector rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic, Turks themselves are stuck at home. With a weakened currency and soaring inflation, summer for many Turkish citizens is already canceled. Since … Continue reading “For Cash-Strapped Turks, Summer is Already Canceled”

Russian Superyachts Find Safe Harbor in Turkish Ports By Alexandra de Cramer - Jun 7, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted an international hunt for superyachts owned by Russian oligarchs. In a bid to punish those close to President Vladimir Putin, governments everywhere are seizing vessels and preventing them from leaving port. Everywhere, that is, except in Turkey. Oligarchs with foresight have swiftly moved their luxury toys to the sanction-free Turkish Riviera. Roman Abramovich, a businessman … Continue reading “Russian Superyachts Find Safe Harbor in Turkish Ports”

A Tragedy for Ukraine, a Housing Crisis for Turkey By Alexandra de Cramer - May 9, 2022

With a staggering increase in rents and home prices skyrocketing amid a surge of overseas buyers – particularly those fleeing the war in Ukraine – Turkey is on the verge of an affordable housing crisis. Unless government controls are instituted, the social, political, and economic implications for the country will be profound. Data shows that the supply chain for Turkish property … Continue reading “A Tragedy for Ukraine, a Housing Crisis for Turkey”

A Turkish Layover for Russia’s Brain Drain By Alexandra de Cramer - Apr 22, 2022

Turkey has become a popular pit stop for young Russians hoping to escape their government since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Not only are the oligarchs docking their yachts on Turkey’s coasts, but an army of young people are also making their way to Turkish shores. With most flights from Russia to Europe canceled, Istanbul International Airport has become the … Continue reading “A Turkish Layover for Russia’s Brain Drain”

Turkey’s Era of Cultural Desiccation By Alexandra de Cramer - Apr 4, 2022

For two decades, Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has sat atop Ankara’s political hierarchy, setting priorities from increasing civilian oversight of the military to expanding access to healthcare and housing. But one area where AKP has failed to deliver is in the arts. While party chair and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims that “a nation … Continue reading “Turkey’s Era of Cultural Desiccation”