Lighting A Fire Under Turkey

Tough-talking Taner aims to spark up the nation's economy

Turkey's new Economy Minister, Gunes Taner, has his work cut out for him: an economy plagued with 76% annual inflation, a soaring budget deficit, and one of the world's most unbalanced social security systems. Taner has been on the job just five weeks, but it seems the financial community--at home and abroad--is betting he'll reverse years of economic stagnation.

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