Sofagate in Ankara: after diplomatic quack, Turkey blames the EU

On the left, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen did not have a seat like Charles Michel and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


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Did Turkey exploit a war of egos between Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen or was it content to respect the demands of the European Union.

In any case, in the face of the diplomatic storm that has arisen, Ankara pleads its good faith.


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 Unfair accusations 

," Turkey responds to Europeans after a shower of angry messages from MEPs who are indignant

at the treatment reserved for Ursula von der Leyen


In France, there was a rare unanimity of the political class on the subject which, from left to right, evokes a "

 protocol affront

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The Turkish Foreign Minister insists: “

 The requests of the European Union have been respected.

The seating arrangements made at their request


In Brussels, the rivalry between the president of the committee and the president of the European Council is well known.

Charles Michel, number 1 in the protocol order, would not appreciate this first woman president of the Commission who wants to intervene in the field of foreign affairs.

Human rights in Turkey take a back seat

This protocol quack has in any case now taken precedence over the issues of the visit, in particular the fate of the refugees and this press conference where European leaders formulated a long list of expectations on human rights in Turkey. .

The Turkish government was not mistaken and its only official response today boils down to this development on the ground of the protocol.

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  • Turkey

  • European Union

  • Ursula von der Leyen

  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan