World Polemics of #Sofagate: The Protocol Protocol lived by Ursula von der Leyen in Ankara
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© Via Reuters extract from the report showing the moment when Ursula von der Leyen understands that it is relegated several meters from the President of the European Council and the head of the the Turkish state when meeting on Tuesday.
It was initially a storm in a glass of water that transforms gradually in controversial and quasi-diplomatic incident: during the visit to Turkey of the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Turkish President Receive Tayyip Erdoğan seems to relegate her away from him and Charles Michel. Misogyny or Camouflet, the comments are in all good train in Europe, especially on the occasion of a visit where Europeans denounce the withdrawal of Turkey from the Istanbul Convention against violence against women.
Ursula von der Leyen is left standing by her male counterparts in Turkey
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting on Tuesday with the European Union's two presidents has raised eyebrows after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen appeared to be left standing while her male counterparts settled into two gilded chairs at the focal point of the room. © EBS European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (left) is seen standing as European Council President Charles Michel (center) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) take their seats.
with our correspondent in Brussels, Pierre Bénazet
The arrival of the two European leaders in the protocol salons of the Turkish presidency was filmed and we saw Ursula von der Leyen emitting a "Hum" of spite and disapproval by noting that Only one seat was planned for Charles Michel next to Receive Tayyip Erdoğan and that she will have to sit further in a sofa.
"The President, clearly, was surprised but whatever his surprise, she preferred to give priority to the substance on protocol or form issues, explains Eric Male, spokesman for the European Commission. The Protocol rank of the President is exactly the same as that of the President of the European Council. Usually, when she goes to a foreign country, she is treated in exactly the same way as the President of the European Council would be.
The incident makes a lot of noise within the European institutions. In the European Parliament, deputies accuse Charles Michel for acting muflerie by not offering the place of honor in Ursula von der Leyen.
Turkey will always be emphasized that in reality the EU grants the President of the Commission a lower protocol rank than that of the President of the Council, the fact remains that the scene seems clearly to belittle Ursula von der Leyen and therefore The Commission, which can very well be seen as a sign of contempt for the European Union.
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