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Ursula von der Leyen sidelined to sofa: 'Diplomatic fiasco' during EU presidents' trip to Turkey

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Subscribe to The Telegraph on YouTube ► EU leaders were left embarrassed when Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen was relegated to a sofa during a meeting with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Tuesday, while her Council counterpart Charles Michel was allowed to sit at the president’s side. Von der Leyen and the former Belgian prime minister Michel met Erdogan to discuss the EU’s refugee deal and Turkey’s relationship with Brussels, but the optics of their meeting are now the only thing anyone is talking about. During the meeting of the three leaders, von der Leyen -...
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