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'Sofagate': Brussels angry over von der Leyen Turkey chair snub | DW News

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The European Commission on Wednesday reproached Ankara after its chief Ursula von der Leyen found there was no chair for her as the Turkish president sat down to talk to her male colleague Charles Michel. The incident was quickly dubbed "sofagate," with observers saying the Commission president had been a victim of sexism and treated like a second-rank official. Von der Leyen was in Ankara with European Council President Charles Michel, to speak to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Footage showed Von der Leyen gesture in disbelief and utter a surprised "ähm" as Erdogan and Michel took the two center-stage seats...
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