“Ten years ago we couldn’t find water to wash ourselves,” said Ermis, 55, a driver, as he watched friends play a clacking tile game called Okey. ...Economic issues have also drawn support from businesspeople and investors. New skyscrapers stud Istanbul. Public transportation has greatly improved. Unemployment stands at 8.3 percent — the envy of many European countries — and the economy grew by 8.5 percent last year, compared with 2.2 percent in the United States.
June 12, 2013 at 1:22 PM EDT