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By starting accession negotiations with Turkey, the EU has be come a stakeholder in the continuation of the political, economic and  social transformation of this country. The negotiation process  will  inevitably  contribute to blurring the lines between domestic and European matters in Turkey. This will be a sign that Turkey’s political developments are  gradually  forming  part of  the  European scene. It is further proof that the destinies of  the EU and Turkey are converging. Be confident that, if  Turkey  works  well,  in harmony and with the participation and  support of all  its citizens, then the EU will be glad to have you as a member  which  strengthens our common house.

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