EU commission head taken aback as Erdogan and her colleague snap up the chairs
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was taken aback to find her fellow top EU official taking the only chair available next to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan when the duo visited Ankara, and her spokesman made that clear on Wednesday.
Footage from their meeting on Tuesday showed the first female head of the EU executive, the only woman in the talks, gesturing in disbelief and uttering a surprised sigh as Erdogan and European Council President Charles Michel took the two centre-stage seats prepared, relegating her to an adjacent sofa.
“The president of the Commission was clearly surprised,” said the EU executive arm’s spokesman, Eric Mamer.“The president (von der Leyen) should have been seated in exactly the same manner as the president of the European Council and the Turkish president.”
The Turkish government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.However, a member of the European parliament, Sophie in ‘t Veld, asked why Michel had not reacted.While the Commission conveyed von der Leyen’s irritation, an EU official who declined to be named said that to do so might have provoked a “protocol and political incident, both towards Turkey and the European Council”. headtopics.com
“Turkey meant no disrespect,” the official said. “It extended a very courteous welcome to both presidents and strictly adhered to international protocol.”In the past, three chairs were provided when the Turkish leader visited Brussels for talks with the heads of the Commission and the European Council, which collectively represents the bloc’s 27 member states.
Mamer said von der Leyen decided not to make “an issue out of it” and in the conversation brought up women’s rights and the Istanbul Convention on violence against women, from which Turkey withdrew last month.Ties between Brussels and Ankara have been strained since a coup attempt in 2016 prompted a crackdown on civil rights in Turkey, but they are now testing a cautious rapprochement.
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Je trouve ça pas très malin de la la part de Charles Michel, il a loupé une occasion de laisser ça place à la présidente. Cela aurait classe et en même temps ça aurait donné une bonne leçon au president turc. Bref il a loupé une occasion de montrer l'exemple. The only place for women is in the Caliph's harem
She did a great job but the offense was so blatantly obvious that there should be an official statement afterwards Yine rezil olduk yaa! That does not reflect of Turkish society. Biz bu degiliz 😢 🤨🧐🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Just a silly puppet! Erdoğan = Idiot - aptal What would be expected of a dictator Erdogan ,it's likely that criticisms from West,Dictator will use it his political advantage & leverage. Dictatorship is cheerful. vonderleyen and CharlesMichel shouldn't accept the press conference. Shame for Western Democracy&Woman rights
Ursula von der Leyen gets no chair in meeting with Turkey’s Erdogan. Most women are frequently in a similar position where men humiliate competent women. I can tell you from experience it really really sucks ! Third rate uncouth men, led by the worst misogynist erdogan. Nothing better can be expected with such trash. EC President Ursula showed dignity poise and commitment to her job and people! Respect 👍👍
😂👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Chanakya04 patrolled She should of walked out. The funny thing is how quickly Michel moves forward and passt Von der Leyen once he sees only 2 chairs 😂😂😂 I'm sure this guy always rob the window seat whenever he travels An obvious machista & political slight. Erdogan - what can you expect.
'Charles Michel had to offer that chair to Mrs Ursula von der Leyen, putting Erdogan in a difficult situation.' 😂😂😂😂😂😂 No more any honnor in European gouvernancy Women only have the right to be Murdered in that Backward County... Erdogan Turkey Either Michel had been persuaded by the Turks on his stance, or he's just a stupid idiot. In both cases, inadequate.
Turks are the cancer of the free world She is definitely powerless, shame on EU Someone is Ankara definitely can't count to 3. But it's also bad optics and diplomatic slop for Charles Michel to sit down before situation can be resolved (did they run out of chairs there?). 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Wonderful example of the EU promoting diversity by respecting the cultural norms of the 'other'. 😄 Poor manners of the Turks so many stupid people jumping on hate wagon unaware 'protocol' and ranks of state officials... Ignoring Turkish Foreign minister also there standing. Protocols are arranged by officials not head of states.
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She supports this guy, she had to learn her lesson.-)) “What was she thinking? She should have remained standing ..” - Erdogunnn if you support moderate islam in a country, if you give money, power them, you deserved something. EuropeanUnion took our secularity step by step. you deserved it because you give them this power. you support ignorance, they gonna have to reap from some seed that's been sowed.
He doesn't understand protocol I guess. Charles Michel is a fool falling into erdogan's trap. Here was an opportunity for him to display European values instead he showed his poor education and lack of good manners this makes me want to beat those guys up, that was sickening no morals, no decency, savages
Hmm? Misogynist seating arrangements ? That NEVER happens anywhere else on 🌎 🤔 I have no Idea why TUrkey is part of the EU they have no reason to be there The president (von der Leyen) should have been seated in exactly the same manner as the president of the European Council and the Turkish president.
Wichtige Männer unter sich. Oh, wait. No excuse for Charles Michel. needs to learn more about chivalry. As for Tayyip Erdogan, its to be expected he's no better than Trump. vyra There are misogynists everywhere!! Erdogan is an IDIOT! Fanatic too! Why bring him in the EU?! Nuke Ankara. EUCouncilPress - when do you expect for the eucopresident EUCouncil to grow a pair?
Guys...it‘s just a damn couch. We really should talk about stuff that brings us forward in unity, not who might have stolen who‘s darn chair. The media is full of this now and I wonder when the first newspaper sees this as a signal of „war“ between turkey and the EU...🙄🙄🙄 They are only at the table to pay turkey millions for fuck all - the EU not very good chess players and Ursula I’d the pawn ♟ lol
unbelievable in 2021 Equality.... get treated like an equal. This is absolutely ridiculous , Erdogan can to to spread his chauvinism to his followers . His attitude has been disgraceful and unlesss an apology it’s made we need to cut all ties to Turkey under this horrible leadership. Women are as good and better than men in most cases .
I hope she didn't show them the sole of her shoe. So is that what they call Turkish Delight? He can barely stand...so I understand, but the guy on the left can stand..but I guess he thought she’s a servant or something. That is poorly written headline. Do better. Coward EU_Commission deserves it, they still fkn so scared of turkey & God knows why
Call it for what it is: petty diplomatic posturing unbefitting a head of state. Turkey should be kicked out of Nato and left to Russia Two presidents. Only one bows. Give her this Moronic to talk to Erdogan the islamist dictator in the first place 🤦♂️😉 Danexit now! 🇩🇰 that's what happens I guess as a result of HER fucking up the covid vaccine appropriation resulting in the deaths of people and businesses . Good for those guys. I'd be pissed too .
the idiot Charles Michel fell for Erdogan's game and made EU and look like fools. so much for european values Why are EU talking with Erdogan. Crazy. The EU male should have refused to sit down. It's that simple. Don't play Erdogan's anti-women game. It is up to European Union to see whether the fundamental freedoms and value system it cherishes are more important than the economic opportunities.
Have no different at all ,both of them representing the leftish ,BLM, NGO policies and useless their activity on the economic frontline,very poor for the European average people..... Başınıza Erdoğan kadar taş düşsün inşallah . UNHCR and IOM in Montenegro are playing for time, waiting for the whole of Europe to be quarantined. Then it will be said that the European Union is closed. I demand that the EU gave instructions to the UNHCR and the IOM in Montenegro to send us to the countries of the EU
What better did you expect from a radical? hahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahaha Ursula should have moved the urn off the table behind her, then dragged it over to sit on, just to drive the point home. Many of Muhammad Qasim’s dreams about Pakistan, Imran Khan & Muslim ummah are coming true. These dreams indicate important events that will occur in the future, events that have been mentioned in Hadith. Muhammad Qasim Dreams -
What do you mean by 'her'