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O. G. Yalman and A. Göksel, “Transforming Turkey? Putting the Turkey-European Union Relations into a Historical Perspective,” ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, pp. 23–37, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: