A diplomatic faux pas that left European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen without a chair as male counterparts took their seats at a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stirred controversy in Brussels.
"Ehm," muttered the former German defence minister, appearing unsure where to go.Eventually she was seated on a sofa a little further away from her counterparts, opposite Turkey's foreign minister, someone below her in the protocol pecking order.
An EC spokesman responds to #Chairgate, explaining protocol department isn't travelling with leaders now because of Covid and didn't see arrangement beforehand."The Commission president was clearly surprised, that's something you can see from the video" pic.twitter.com/wsfL70qVQm
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) April 7, 2021 The apparent snub came at a delicate moment as the EU and Turkey look to rebuild ties despite concerns over Ankara's record on rights, including the protection of women.Mr Erdogan angered Brussels ahead of the visit by the bloc's chiefs by announcing he was withdrawing Turkey from the global Istanbul Convention on preventing violence against women and children. headtopics.com
Speaking after the meeting with the Turkish leader, Ms von der Leyen stressed that "human rights issues are non-negotiable"."I am deeply worried about the fact that Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention" she said."This is about protecting women, and protecting children against violence, and this is clearly the wrong signal right now."
The perceived slight to the first woman ever to occupy one of the EU's top two roles stirred anger among some in Brussels."First they withdraw from the Istanbul Convention and now they leave the President of European Commission without a seat in an official visit. Shameful. #WomensRights," wrote Spanish European Parliament member Iratxe Garcia Perez.
"Ehm" is the new term for "that's not how EU-Turkey relationship should be". #GiveHerASeat #EU #Turkey #womensrights pic.twitter.com/vGVFutDu0S— Sergey Lagodinsky (@SLagodinsky) April 6, 2021 German MEP Sergey Lagodinsky wrote of Ms von der Leyen's utterance that "'Ehm' is the new term for 'that's not how EU-Turkey relationship should be'.
But not all the ire was directed at the Turkish side. Read more: RTÉ News »
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'Faux pas'... gee, don't hold back, . Truly. Its Turkey, She could have been handed a tray and the coffee orders
'Ehm': Ursula von der Leyen flummoxed after chair snub during EU-Turkey talksSeats were laid out for Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the EU’s Charles Michel in Ankara but von der Leyen had to sit on a sofa. Turkey is muslim country and that's the tradition just like when the EU host Erdogan he'll be traveling to the summit via Lesbos on a half inflated dinghy.
Ursula von der Leyen says fully vaccinated US tourists will be able to visit the EUIndividual member states are likely to adopt the EU’s Green Cert plans at a different pace. Since about half Americans are interested in taking the vaccine. That will destroy more small hospitality businesses over the next few years They owe Biden after fixed election. Pay back time Great news, on average each American tourist that comes to Ireland leaves €1,000 behind. They are vital for our economy. That's before we consider the US FDI that has based itself here.
Von der Leyen 'hurt' over treatment at Turkey meetingThe President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has delivered a stunning denunciation of her treatment during a summit meeting in Turkey where she was denied a chair when meeting President Erdogan alongside European Council President Charles Michel . Everyone knows Erdogan is a shit, but that doesn't explain why didn't Michel protest... There are men, women & children denied basic human rights across the world. Fuck your chair. 🙄 ThomasKearns12 😲🤔
'I felt alone as a woman': von der Leyen says Turkey chair controversy wouldn't have happened to a man'I felt alone as a woman': von der Leyen suggests 'sofagate' controversy wouldn't have happened to a man I'm sure her cold heart ached 😂 So that is how she represents Europe? As a weak and summis continent, surrendered to Islam imposed to europeans by force...? ¡What a shame! One of the most 'powerful' women in the world not knowing how to show strength when most necessarily... She does not deserves her position. Not overly fond of either.
‘I felt hurt, and I felt alone as a woman and as a European’ – Ursula von der Leyen on ‘Sofagate’ debacleThe European Union's first female chief executive vowed on Monday to fight for women's rights after she was denied a chair during a meeting in Ankara with Turkey 's President Tayyip Erdogan two weeks ago. Where’s that really small violin ! Could it just have been a genuine error? She should have said something or done something pathetic of her putting up with that shit