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'Turkey is a very weak state which looks very strong'

It is received wisdom in the West that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pulled Turkey away from democracy and fashioned an illiberal state. There's a common perception that Erdogan is an anomaly: a wily politician who somehow managed to subvert Turkey's journey towards Europe. But our guest, historian Edhem Eldem, argues that Erdogan is merely the latest in a series of authoritarian figures who have taken advantage of structural weaknesses in the Turkish state. He speaks to FRANCE 24.

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Edhem Eldem is a historian at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and the Collège de France in Paris.

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