Snub in EU-Turkey meeting highlights gender equality issue

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Snub in EU-Turkey meeting highlights gender equality issue

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Snub in EU-Turkey meeting highlights gender equality issue


Gender equality issues took centre stage on โปรโมชั่น slotxo in Brussels a day after Ursula von der Leyen, one the EU's most powerful executives, was treated like
a second-rank official during a visit to Ankara.

Von der Leyen - the European Commission president - and European Council chief Charles Michel visited Turkey on Tuesday for talks with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip
Erdogan focusing on the EU-Turkey relations.

After they were led in a big room for discussions with Erdogan, TV images showed that only two chairs had been laid out in front of the EU and the Turkish flags for
the three leaders.

Michel and Erdogan took the chairs as von der Leyen stood looking at both men, expressing her astonishment with a “ehm" and a gesture of disappointment.
Von der Leyen eventually sat on a large beige sofa, away from her male counterparts.

According to a EU source, the meeting between the three leaders lasted more than two hours and a half.

“The important thing is that the president should have been seated exactly in the same manner as the president of the European council and the Turkish president,"
EU commission chief spokesman Eric Mamer said, adding that Von der Leyen was surprised by the arrangements.

“She decided to proceed nevertheless, prioritising substance over protocol, but nevertheless let me stress that the president expects that the institution that she
represents to be treated with the required protocol, and she has therefore asked her team to take all appropriate contacts in order to ensure that such an incident
does not occur in the future," Mamer said.

He added that Von der Leyen's protocol team did not travel to Turkey with her due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There was no immediate comment from the Turkish presidency.

Michel said the embarrassment was the result of the “strict interpretation" by Turkish services of protocol rules and regretted “the differentiated, even diminished,
treatment of the president of the European Commission".