Italian Prime Minister Draghi accuses Turkish President Erdogan of humiliating Ursula von der Leyen. At the end of the visit to Turkey by Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission and Charles Michel, President of the European Council, no chair was set up for Van der Leyen.
She had to sit on the side on a bench, while Erdogan and Michel sat on two seats in front of the flags of Turkey and the European Union.
Von der Leyen, who expressed her surprise with a “uhmm” and her body language, also received no support from her colleague Michel. It led to great outrage on social media, and the allegations of gender discrimination were out of the air. The incident was quickly called “sofa-gate”.
It is important to be honest in “expressing dissenting opinions towards, I call them what they are, dictators,” Draghi said to reporters tonight. “I absolutely disagree with Erdogans behaviour, I find it indecent and I hate the humiliation Von der Leyen had to undergo.”
Not long after Draghis speech, the Italian ambassador in Ankara had to come to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Minister Cavusoglu strongly condemned Draghis “ugly language”. He rejected the allegations that Von der Leyen was pushed aside because of her sex.
Look at the footage of the incident here: