Ursula von der Leyen left without a seat at Erdo'an meeting " video

Published Apr 07 2021 at 11:21 AM GMT
  • The president of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, was momentarily left without a seat as she met with the European council president, Charles Michel and Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo"an, in Ankara on Tuesday - triggering an avalanche of criticism.
  • With only two chairs available, Von der Leyen, the sole attending female leader, sat on the sofa as Erdo'an and Michel sat on the chairs.
  • "Ehm", she muttered, with a small gesticulation directed at the occupied seats.
  • Michel, who had appeared to make a bee-line for the top spot next to Erdo'an as the party entered, offered little evidence of regret.
  • A spokesperson for Von der Leyen said: "The important thing is that the president should have been seated in exactly the same manner as the President of the European Council and the Turkish President.


  • Published Apr 7, 2021 11:21 AM GMT