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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

As Schengen Visa Rejections Mount, Turks Sour on Europe By Alexandra de Cramer - Sep 22, 2022

In a recent poll, more than a third of Turks said that the European Union is a more valued partner than China, Russia, and the United States combined. Yet, if tourist visas are any indication, the EU doesn’t hold the same opinion of Turkey. Schengen visa approvals for Turkish travelers have fallen off a cliff in recent years, … Continue reading “As Schengen Visa Rejections Mount, Turks Sour on Europe”

The Environmental Costs of Turkey’s Tourism Boom By Alexandra de Cramer - Aug 30, 2022

Despite mismanaging the country’s economy while failing to curb inflation amid a cratering currency, Turkey’s government has used the tourism sector to maintain a reliable source of revenue. Unfortunately, this profitable financial safety net – worth nearly $25 billion in 2021– has come at the cost of Turkey’s environment. One of the most enraging examples of this tradeoff … Continue reading “The Environmental Costs of Turkey’s Tourism Boom”

Flipping the Script on Turkey’s Cancel Culture By Alexandra de Cramer - Aug 15, 2022

Despite its negative connotation, “cancel culture” – ostracizing someone for their harmful views – has had a big impact on addressing inequalities in the West, particularly discrimination of women. But in Turkey, it is women themselves who are getting canceled. In late July, actress Birce Akalay took to social media to lament Turkey’s current economic crisis, expressing disappointment in the declining … Continue reading “Flipping the Script on Turkey’s Cancel Culture”

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”