Ursula Von der Leyen snubbed in chair gaffe at EU-Erdoğan talks
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The president of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, was momentarily left without a seat as she met with the European council president, Charles Michel and Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in Ankara on Tuesday - triggering an avalanche of criticism.
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With only two chairs available, Von der Leyen, the sole attending female leader, sat on the sofa as Erdoğan and Michel sat on the chairs. “Ehm,” she muttered, with a small gesticulation directed at the occupied seats. Michel, who had appeared to make a bee-line for the top spot next to Erdoğan as the party entered, offered little evidence of regret.
A spokesperson for Von der Leyen said: "The important thing is that the president should have been seated in exactly the same manner as the President of the European Council and the Turkish President. But ... she decided to proceed nevertheless prioritising substance over protocol."
The awkward scene was played out ahead of a three-hour meeting with Erdoğan where one of the issues raised by the EU leaders was women’s rights in light of Turkey’s withdrawal from a convention on gender-based violence.
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  • astra zeneca
    astra zeneca

    lol

  • Free Happy
    Free Happy

    So what The LION protects the East from the Hyenas (countries of single mothers' families and toyboys).

  • Oliver Ventsel
    Oliver Ventsel

    who is in front of this man, today it is so, so everyone is equal;)

  • Elkhan Aliev
    Elkhan Aliev

    Jokes aside, there must be equal rights and lefts for women, compulsory military draft, etc. And bear in mind, if one is concerned about 'pay gap', he or she must also be concerned about life expectancy gap.

  • Ethel
    Ethel

    👓

    • Ethel
      Ethel

      *Un nouveau délit d'«écocide» voté par l'Assemblée nationale* 18 avr. 2021, 09:38 En savoir plus sur RT France Mon reportage à Alexandrovka, en banlieue de Donetsk, où les habitants continuent de vivre, malgré tout.

    • Edelmira Rodríguez Martín
      Edelmira Rodríguez Martín

      Esa es la gran diferencia 💂‍♀️

  • Sammy Pence
    Sammy Pence

    I don't understand why Europe is still talking to that dictator.

  • Mouton Alpha
    Mouton Alpha

    KOUIZINE

  • kolim jone
    kolim jone

    Defining moment in Michel's career...

  • Theresa Cookie
    Theresa Cookie

    I‘m not sure what to be angry about most, the fact how disrespectful this action by Erdogan against women was or that she didn‘t insist on a chair to show him that this is not how you treat women if you wanna be part of the EU.

  • Carmine Galante
    Carmine Galante

    Even Josef Stalin was more hospital...well Erdogan just wanted to show again what he thinks about the EU, Germany and women in leadership positions.

  • Marc Herrmann
    Marc Herrmann

    BRAVO ERDOGAN!!

  • Michl R
    Michl R

    Its okay, Uschi is whack

  • Alzheir Sable
    Alzheir Sable

    Erdogan in his stupidty, Charles follow to be 2 big fools

  • asioe kiou
    asioe kiou

    Charles michel's lack of reaction shows the cowardice of these bureaucrats who destroy our culture.

  • Politik Ion
    Politik Ion

    it is the protocol. Ursula is not on the same rang as that creep Erdogan. What was the problem actually? She sat on a couch....it wasn't a casting couch

  • Le Pa
    Le Pa

    dont be islamophobic. just acccept it as the white ninja at 0:05 did

  • Schmendrik Zwensson
    Schmendrik Zwensson

    no real european is interested in this would-be country turkey! such unethical countries and their heads of state should be denied any cooperation / payments and aid. 🚫🇹🇷

  • Django
    Django

    What Europe did not have the balls to say, we Italians say Erdogan dictator For us Mussolini it is a mistake of the past but Erdogan after a century is an unforgivable mistake

  • Mustafa Öz
    Mustafa Öz

    Bir dahaki sefer hiç birine sandalye yok. Halıya otursunlar🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷

  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt

    Hahaha... priceless! Only the blokes knew they were playing musical chairs

  • Korkusuz Yiğit
    Korkusuz Yiğit

    ☝️🇹🇷☝️

  • Emiliano Gabriele
    Emiliano Gabriele

    There is another man on the right, what is the problem?

  • Trojen
    Trojen

    what a shame! /i am from turkey

  • Bernardo Bortolotto
    Bernardo Bortolotto

    and then they ask themselves why they aren't in the eu

  • PACO UNI RYDER
    PACO UNI RYDER

    No hay excusa para la vergüenza que le han hecho pasar a la pobre mujer. Ni normas del país ni nada simplemente un desprecio directamente hacia ella

  • ÞÖĬńŦ БЯEÄK
    ÞÖĬńŦ БЯEÄK

    *Charles Michel is the new Clouseau Inspector*

  • Jan Nos
    Jan Nos

    simply proof: "who is the boss?"

  • Steffen Mitschke
    Steffen Mitschke

    Ich hätte die Alte in Flur gesetzt weil sie sich nicht wehrt

  • Rock girl
    Rock girl

    Hahaha... priceless! Only the blokes knew they were playing musical chairs

  • Mr.T
    Mr.T

    Bold guy is very sneaky lol

  • J M
    J M

    0:15 Ursula:ehm.. Erdogan: two coffee pls!

  • OMP
    OMP

    Wasn't there at least one chair in Azerbaijan for its Turkish brothers?

    • Rock girl
      Rock girl

      How i met your mother. Robin say ähm.

  • HEYMIKE
    HEYMIKE

    Hol' up. Sit down, be humble.

  • elenal2012
    elenal2012

    The issue at hand is why were there only TWO chairs and not Michel's rudeness or Erdogan's lack of knowledge of protocol. What is the intention behind the missing chair?

  • kdo chce - vidí
    kdo chce - vidí

    😄😂🤣

  • 75Pafcio
    75Pafcio

    it is not that bad... she could have only a floor as a seat option... :)

  • Motin Shikder97
    Motin Shikder97

    🇧🇩💖🇹🇷

  • Pit&Bak
    Pit&Bak

    emmmm.....hahaha it's priceless ))))

  • N A
    N A

    A gentleman will not seat before a lady. Even more, he would give the chair to a lady.

  • AR
    AR

    Didn’t know the EU president holds grudges over a chair , imagine world policy

  • Radio Učka Istra
    Radio Učka Istra

    Long live Europe, Europe for Europeans! No talibans ! Love to European brothers and sisters from Croatia

  • Geoffrey Spencer
    Geoffrey Spencer

    Any man in her position would've just ordered someone to get a chair for him. Men and women are equal we're told ad nauseum, but there's still a scandal because a woman was left standing. Unbelievable!!!

  • rachm06
    rachm06

    ursula made the new john travolta's meme in pulp fiction!

  • Rise up Babetee
    Rise up Babetee

    That was so funny 🤣 😆 😂 😄 💀 they were fighting over the chair . Marshall should let Ursula have the 🪑 😂😂😂😂

  • Lakitu Tha Boss
    Lakitu Tha Boss

    Who remembers when Israel forced Turkish ambassador to sit on a tiny chair? 😂 Well done Israel 🇮🇱

  • Mouqarnas Design
    Mouqarnas Design

    Michel threats like he came with his wife.

  • Yunus Tekcan
    Yunus Tekcan

    How i met your mother. Robin say ähm.

  • Radek Stepien
    Radek Stepien

    Ta obrzydliwa feministke piwinni sadzac w chlewie

  • Seno Alamsyah
    Seno Alamsyah

    The fault was on EU not Turkey in this case since it was bilateral meeting after all.

  • vapalaca
    vapalaca

    I’d like to see the full version of this video clearly it’s been edited or cut.

    • Mykhailo G
      Mykhailo G

      Education of Charles Michel been edited and cut, but not a video.

  • Max Kloss
    Max Kloss

    Michel should resign!

  • J
    J

    🐸CHARLES MICHEL IS NOT A GENTLEMAN! 👎HE SHOULD HAVE OFFERED IMMEDIATLY HIS SEAT TO THE LADY!🌹

  • Алексей Патрушин
    Алексей Патрушин

    Is Erdogan the same boor as Putin?

  • Chrom
    Chrom

    Ursula in Turkey and also the other Punk from EU. In Turkey Erdogan is the Boss 🤣

  • Joanna
    Joanna

    Michel should have given his seat to her and refused the sofa. Just stand next to her. For an hour, if necessary.

  • Ariel Carmeli
    Ariel Carmeli

    Big ZERO michel. Gros zéro

    • sundari
      sundari

      absolument zéro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Luders Pee
    Luders Pee

    Maggie Thatcher hätte Recep Erdogan persönlich von seinem Stuhl gekippt...

    • sundari
      sundari

      zuerst hätte sie ihm ihre handtasche um die ohren gehaut und dann hätte sie ihn vom stuhl gekippt! : )

  • Smit Ferdi
    Smit Ferdi

    That culture of women oppressors shouldn't be part of Europe. They try to implant their rules in Europe countries. Their culture don't match with the free world.

    • Hoppa_hoppa Hoppa
      Hoppa_hoppa Hoppa

      It's just a backward culture full of cultists.

  • Sincanlı Ersoy
    Sincanlı Ersoy

    Protocol seating arrangement was set up according to provided by the EU, who sits on the chair is between ursula and michelle

    • Joanna
      Joanna

      ÄHM

  • Ask to seduce Miss
    Ask to seduce Miss

    That Charles Michel guy is a real gentleman don’t you think ??? As for Erdogan what can you expect from him !!

  • Tell It to My Heart
    Tell It to My Heart

    I'm pretty sure "president of the European commission" is a made-up title. Why not Empress of the European conglomerate or whatever, get off your high horse lady.

  • Ibrahim Kol
    Ibrahim Kol

    Ähmmm 😂

  • Ragıp Ragıp oğlu
    Ragıp Ragıp oğlu

    Hahahahahah

    • Ask to seduce Miss
      Ask to seduce Miss

      🤣🤣🤣🤣👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  • Kefka 070
    Kefka 070

    So if he sat on the couch then there was no problem, right? Lol

  • Stop Uyghur Genociding CCP dogz
    Stop Uyghur Genociding CCP dogz

    I would argue that that sofa is even more comfortable than a chair. So what's the issue here....

  • Stop Uyghur Genociding CCP dogz
    Stop Uyghur Genociding CCP dogz

    Quickly, go to war, because a woman had to sit on a chair. That's brutally inhumane!

  • Stop Uyghur Genociding CCP dogz
    Stop Uyghur Genociding CCP dogz

    0:26 Mr Cavusoglu is the vice-president of Turkey, and he also sits on the right on a chair. So this is definately not the fault of Turkey, but rather disrespectful of Mr Michel. Or they have an issue amongst themselves. So don't blame Turkey for Europe's issues. And IF that chair delibarately was given to mr Michel, then what? You want to go to war about because she had to sit on a chair?

  • matazetbi
    matazetbi

    Charles Michel, why would you not sleep well, you didn’t lose the musical chairs game😄🙃Seriously speaking, being a gentleman or not is a part of a man’s nature, little could be done to improve...

  • ولا غالب الا الله
    ولا غالب الا الله

    Hahaha i like scandals of europe

  • ayca sonerci
    ayca sonerci

    we live with him 😃😃

  • eric lovelace
    eric lovelace

    Lol. Charlie Michel showed absolutely zero solidarity with Ursula von der Leyen here. Erdogan played him like a fiddle.

  • Katheten Katha
    Katheten Katha

    ÄHM

  • AC D
    AC D

    Idioten halt...

    • sundari
      sundari

      ja, und kein anstand vor frauen, der andere typ hätte ihr im grunde seinen stuhl anbieten müssen

  • Daniel Perez
    Daniel Perez

    👏👏👏🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Bolia Fops
    Bolia Fops

    Charles michel's lack of reaction shows the cowardice of these bureaucrats who destroy our culture.

  • Random
    Random

    As this protocol has been agreed in advance I see this as a power struggle between two corrupt EU "leaders" or even an attempt to portray Turkey and Erdoğan in a negative way.

  • Ali Babo
    Ali Babo

    Erdogan 👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷

  • Jan Hamouz
    Jan Hamouz

    🤣🤣🤣🤣👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

    • Jan Hamouz
      Jan Hamouz

      @Bolia Fops EU is rude aganist its citizens ;)

    • Bolia Fops
      Bolia Fops

      How rude

  • Fun Day
    Fun Day

    Lady's first???

    • sundari
      sundari

      never in turkey

    • Tomaten Paprika
      Tomaten Paprika

      21st century!!!

  • Jado Ibra
    Jado Ibra

    EU secular frogs are raging about this it’s hilarious!

  • Nicola
    Nicola

    two men and one leg.

  • International Life Discovery Channel
    International Life Discovery Channel

    Puhahahahaha

  • Body Mind Soul POWER
    Body Mind Soul POWER

    they forgot to give her the vacuum cleaner :P

    • BEYZA ÇALIK
      BEYZA ÇALIK

      I would like to point out that the Council of Europe, not Turkey, which determines the seating arrangement, please do not try to create perception here . Turkey has always been respectful of diplomatic relations and Charles is the one who caused this situation.

  • MAURI FIGHTERS
    MAURI FIGHTERS

    Gente da evitare

  • Olena Butriy
    Olena Butriy

    It seems the EU diplomatic traditions encourage missing chairs: once the EU did not have a chair for the president of Poland in the Council of Europe meeting.

  • vinasu maaj
    vinasu maaj

    Defining moment in Michel's career...

    • sundari
      sundari

      you wanna say his career is over now?

  • Giordano Giordano
    Giordano Giordano

    0:25 that's all

  • Magda Draganova
    Magda Draganova

    Why is that a big deal?

  • Samuel Heidegger
    Samuel Heidegger

    "It wAs pUtin'S fAuLT... mOrE SaNcTioNS oN rUSsiA!"

  • albis1952 caiumi
    albis1952 caiumi

    😄😄😄😄😄😄😄

  • Rudra !
    Rudra !

    diplomatic and respectful, how not? As with Armenians, Kurds, minorities and, finally, women ... Honestly, but if it weren't for the issue of migrant flows, who ever gives a f**k about turks...

  • Cz Tober
    Cz Tober

    How rude

  • Arcane Persona
    Arcane Persona

    Turkey has always been diplomatic and respectful .. its these clowny EU guys making the comedy.

  • Rudra !
    Rudra !

    why did Von der Leyen get dazed? She had to figure it out from the toilet that they weren't going to make her sit!

  • Naz Ak
    Naz Ak

    😁😁😁🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷 TURKEY(TÜRKİYE) crash Europa 😁😁😁👏👏👏

  • Naz Ak
    Naz Ak

    😁😁😁😁🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷 TURKEY BİG EUROPA SMALL BİG OTTOMAN LOADİNG 🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷🇹🇷⚠️⚠️⚠️

  • mustafa sertac arslan
    mustafa sertac arslan

    that michell is funny guy

  • Gabriele Isabella
    Gabriele Isabella

    Ursula : " can I turn on the TV or it bothers you? "

    • asioe kiou
      asioe kiou

      EHHMMM

  • Daniel Page
    Daniel Page

    I know you have to get up early to beat the germans to the sunbeds but....

  • Michal Kr
    Michal Kr

    Nothing surprising rom Erdogan but Michel is a real gentleman!

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