Italian Prime Minister Draghi accused Turkish President Erdogan of insulting Ursula von der Ryan. After the President of the European Commission von der Lein and the President of the European Council Charles Michel concluded their visit to Turkey, Van der Lein did not serve as chairman.
She had to sit on the sofa next to her, while Erdogan and Michel sat in two chairs in front of the flags of Turkey and the European Union.
Von der Leyen expressed surprise with “um” and body language, and her colleague Michel did not give any support. It aroused outrage on social media, and allegations of gender discrimination did not stop. The incident was quickly called the “sofa door”.
Draghi told reporters tonight that it is important to be honest and “express dissent, I call them dictators.” “I absolutely disagree with Erdogan’s move, I think it is inappropriate, and I think the humiliation that von der Laing must endure is terrible.”
Soon after Draghi made his speech, the Italian ambassador to Ankara had to come to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Minister Cavusoglu strongly condemned Draghi’s “ugly language”. He rejected the allegation that von der Leyen was fired because of his gender.
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