Problematique in Turkish-French relations: the French perspective on Turkey’s candidacy for European Union membership

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E. Çelikel, “Problematique in Turkish-French relations: the French perspective on Turkey’s candidacy for European Union membership,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. International Relations., Middle East Technical University, 2019.