A ship sails through the Bosphorus Strait on April 23,2021 in Istanbul, on route to the Black Sea. Not content with shaping Turkey's history, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to change its geography too by building an alternative to the Bosphorus -- his most outlandish "crazy" project yet. Critics accuse Erdogan of pursuing a vanity project that will open up Istanbul to unbridled construction and put the government into deep and largely unnecessary debt. / AFP / Ozan KOSE
Those arguing for a new canal say it would provide a safer and more profitable route for vessels. AFP

Erdogan's $20bn canal to nowhere