Brussels (Associated Press)-Ursula von der Leyen (Ursula von der Leyen), one of the most powerful executives in the European Union, was treated as a second-class official when he visited Ankara. On this day, gender equality issues Brussels became the focus.
The President of the European Commission Von der Leyen and the President of the European Council Charles Michel visited Turkey on Tuesday and met with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Recep Tayyip Erdogan). ) Held talks, focusing on the relationship between the EU and Turkey. After they were taken to the large room discussed with Erdogan, the television images showed that only three chairs were placed in front of the flags of the European Union and Turkey, and there were no seats for the three leaders.
When von der Leyen stood looking at the two men, Michel and Erdogan presided over the meeting, expressing her surprise with “um”
An EU source said that the meeting between the three leaders lasted more than two and a half hours.
The chief spokesperson of the European Commission Eric Mamer said: “The important thing is that the seat of the President should be exactly the same as the seat of the President of the European Council and the President of Turkey.” Surprised by the arrangement.
“Nevertheless, she decided to continue her work and focus on the protocol, but I want to emphasize that the president hopes that the institution she represents will be treated by the necessary protocol. Therefore, she asked her team to take all appropriate contacts. , In order to ensure that such incidents will not occur in the future.” Ma Mo said.
He added that due to the coronavirus pandemic, Von der Lein’s treatment plan team did not travel to Turkey with her.
The Turkish President or the European Council did not immediately comment.
Diplomatic events have been widely commented on social media. European Parliamentarian Sophie posted on the’t Veld’ website, the relationship between Michel and Von der Leyen’s predecessors and Erdogan Meeting pictures, three of them sit side by side on chairs.
“No, this is not a coincidence, but intentional,” Wilde wrote on Twitter, questioning why Michelle remained “silent.”
Another member of the European Parliament, Sergey Lagodinsky (Sergey Lagodinsky) used the hashtags #GiveHerASeat and #womensrights to say: “‘Ehm’ is a new term for’EU-Turkish relations shouldn’t be this way.'”
Last month, Erdogan withdrew Turkey from an important European convention aimed at combating violence against women, sparking criticism from EU officials. The move is a blow to the Turkish women’s rights movement, which says that domestic violence and murder of women are increasing.
Von der Leyen called on Erdogan to revoke the decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention.
“Human rights issues are non-negotiable. We are very clear about this. We urge Turkey to change its decision because it is the first internationally binding instrument to combat violence against women and children,” she said.
When asked whether the committee thought the incident was related to gender, Mammer said that von Delane went to Ankara to serve as the president of the EU agency.
Memmer said: “Whether it is a man or a woman, it will not change the fact that she should be seated according to the same protocol arrangement as the other two participants.” “She seized the opportunity to specifically address the Istanbul Convention and women’s rights. I I believe the message sent is clear.”
This story comes from Suzan Fraser in Ankara and Raf Casert in Brussels.