Erdogan’s great game: Turkey pushes into Africa with aid, trade and soaps

President cements foreign policy ambitions with business and humanitarian help on the continent

18 January 2021 - 20:46 By Andres Schipani and Laura Pitel

In a hotel bar in Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian couple wrestle with the remote control, flipping between US election results on CNN, war reports on a local newscast, and a Turkish soap opera, Adi Mutluluk (It’s Called Happiness). 

In the end, they choose the Turkish drama, dubbed into Amharic. “The truth is, we both love this show,” the couple echoed...

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