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At this critical junction in Turkey-EU relations, it is indeed curious that no one has taken a moment to ask Turkish youth what they think of a modernization project which essentially spans over two centuries. Instead, public debate has been short-sighted and focused chiefly on when and if accession talks will begin without a long term perspective of Turkish membership. Indeed, there has been no consideration or debate about the opinions of the very people that will lead the country when Turkey eventually does gain full membership.  Within this context, this project is the first attempt to undertake such a task. Thus this essay is an exploration of the perspectives of Turkish youth on the European Union and attempts to highlight both the confusion and contradictions underlying their answers.

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