EU fee head stunned as Erdogan and her colleague snap up chairs
European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen was stunned to seek out her fellow prime EU official taking the one chair obtainable subsequent to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan when the duo visited Ankara, and her spokesman made that clear on Wednesday.
Footage from their assembly on Tuesday confirmed the primary feminine head of the Eu, the one lady within the talks, gesturing in disbelief and uttering a shocked sigh as Erdogan and European Council President Charles Michel took the 2 centre-stage seats ready, relegating her to an adjoining couch.
“The president of the fee was clearly shocked,” stated the EU govt arm’s spokesman, Eric Mamer.
“The president (von der Leyen) ought to have been seated in precisely the identical method because the president of the European Council and the Turkish president.”
The Turkish authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Nevertheless, a member of the European parliament, Sophie in ‘t Veld, requested why Michel had not reacted.
Whereas the fee conveyed von der Leyen’s irritation, an EU official who declined to be named stated that to take action might need provoked a “protocol and political incident, each in the direction of Turkey and the European Council”.
“Turkey meant no disrespect,” the official stated. “It prolonged a really courteous welcome to each presidents and strictly adhered to worldwide protocol.”
Previously, three chairs have been offered when the Turkish chief visited Brussels for talks with the heads of the Fee and the European Council, which collectively represents the bloc’s 27 member states.
Mamer stated von der Leyen determined to not make “a difficulty out of it” and within the dialog introduced up ladies’s rights and the Istanbul Conference on violence in opposition to ladies, from which Turkey withdrew final month.
Ties between Brussels and Ankara have been strained since a coup try in 2016 prompted a crackdown on civil rights in Turkey, however they’re now testing a cautious rapprochement.