The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen treated as a marginal presence for which a chair is not even foreseen. happened yesterday in Ankara during the meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Women are our mothers loves to repeat the Turkish president to underline how much you respect and consider them. But obviously they must know how to stay in their place. All. Even Ursula von der Leyen who holds the highest office in the European Union. However, no one protested. When the three entered a richly decorated hall in the presidential palace in Ankara there were only two chairs set up. The men sat down as von der Leyen, clearly embarrassed, stared at them uncertainly. In the end, the European leader waved her right hand as if to say don’t worry and she went to sit on a beige sofa about three meters away, facing the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was well below her in diplomatic protocol.
The unfortunate episode, immortalized by photographers and the official video of the meeting immediately bounced on social networks with the hashtag #sofagate. Why didn’t Michel lift a finger? Why didn’t he offer von der Leyen his place? The president of the European Council, returned to Brussels, defended himself by saying that the protocol was respected because it was he who met with Erdogan.
April 7, 2021 (change April 7, 2021 | 09:23)