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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    1. J M

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

    2. OMP

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

    3. HEYMIKE

      Hol' up. Sit down, be humble.

    4. 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?

    5. kdo chce - vidí


    6. 75Pafcio

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

    7. Motin Shikder97


    8. Pit&Bak

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

    9. N A

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

    10. AR

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

    11. Radio Učka Istra

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

    12. 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!!!

    13. rachm06

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

    14. Rise up Babetee

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

    15. Lakitu Tha Boss

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

    16. Mouqarnas Design

      Michel threats like he came with his wife.

    17. Yunus Tekcan

      How i met your mother. Robin say ähm.

    18. Radek Stepien

      Ta obrzydliwa feministke piwinni sadzac w chlewie

    19. Seno Alamsyah

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

    20. vapalaca

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

      1. Mykhailo G

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

    21. Max Kloss

      Michel should resign!

    22. J


    23. Алексей Патрушин

      Is Erdogan the same boor as Putin?

    24. Chrom

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

    25. Joanna

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

    26. Ariel Carmeli

      Big ZERO michel. Gros zéro

      1. sundari

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

    27. Luders Pee

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

      1. sundari

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

    28. 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.

      1. Hoppa_hoppa Hoppa

        It's just a backward culture full of cultists.

    29. Sincanlı Ersoy

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

      1. Joanna


    30. 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 !!

    31. 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.

    32. Ibrahim Kol

      Ähmmm 😂

    33. Ragıp Ragıp oğlu


      1. Ask to seduce Miss


    34. Kefka 070

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

    35. Stop Uyghur Genociding CCP dogz

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

    36. Stop Uyghur Genociding CCP dogz

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

    37. 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?

    38. 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...

    39. ولا غالب الا الله

      Hahaha i like scandals of europe

    40. ayca sonerci

      we live with him 😃😃

    41. eric lovelace

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

    42. Katheten Katha


    43. AC D

      Idioten halt...

      1. sundari

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

    44. Daniel Perez


    45. Bolia Fops

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

    46. 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.

    47. Ali Babo

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

    48. Jan Hamouz


      1. Jan Hamouz

        @Bolia Fops EU is rude aganist its citizens ;)

      2. Bolia Fops

        How rude

    49. Fun Day

      Lady's first???

      1. sundari

        never in turkey

      2. Tomaten Paprika

        21st century!!!

    50. Jado Ibra

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

    51. Nicola

      two men and one leg.

    52. Body Mind Soul POWER

      they forgot to give her the vacuum cleaner :P

      1. 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.


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    54. 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.

    55. vinasu maaj

      Defining moment in Michel's career...

      1. sundari

        you wanna say his career is over now?

    56. Giordano Giordano

      0:25 that's all

    57. Magda Draganova

      Why is that a big deal?

    58. Samuel Heidegger

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

    59. Robert Mitchell

      Erdogan snubs Vampire at EU-Turkey talk.

      1. Robert Mitchell

        @vinasu maaj what if he unconsciously did it?

      2. vinasu maaj

        consiously manoevers himself to get in the right position to get that chair. No gentleman at all.

    60. albis1952 caiumi


    61. 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...

    62. Cz Tober

      How rude

    63. Arcane Persona

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

    64. 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!

    65. Naz Ak

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

    66. Naz Ak

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

    67. mustafa sertac arslan

      that michell is funny guy

    68. Gabriele Isabella

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

    69. Daniel Page

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

    70. Michal Kr

      Nothing surprising rom Erdogan but Michel is a real gentleman!

    71. Alex Pascu


    72. Mihail Stoyanov

      Charles Michael should leave his position. Because of his incompetence and weakness he did not react properly to Erdogan's provocation. Such a shame. Europe needs strong leaders and Mr Charles Michel is not a such!

    73. Lisa968

      Charles Michel shows he has no manners. At first VdL accidentally walks in the right position for the left chair, but you see Charles quickly noticing there are only 2 chairs, and consiously manoevers himself to get in the right position to get that chair. No gentleman at all.

      1. Aytunc Demir

        @bssni touir Michel > Vdl

      2. Aytunc Demir

        Michel did the right thing. Vdl can sit in that sofa.

      3. bssni touir

        EU then Von der Leyen has to show her authority and Michel should respect it.

    74. C.G.C

      Simple demonstration that the EU counts zero and and exists only in terms of Euro.

      1. bssni touir

        It looks like Erdogan was set up by Michel and Von der Leyen to paint him in a poor light. In the past, he sat with Angela Merkel and Theresa May in these two seats so he clea

    75. the king scorpion


    76. Gorkem

      This problem is not because of Turkey. This problem happened because of relationship between Michel and Ursula. Please fix it yourself.

    77. SioU

      Haha... Nice...

    78. Andry Lagiou

      Unprecedentedly Ridiculous..

    79. loekie1707

      there should only be jail for all of those unchosen psycho's


      ... Non è male sul divano!!! Poi sig. non sei in Europa... Achtung!!!

    81. George P

      His poor wife/wives

    82. Enes Şahin

      shame! hoping to see soon a president who represents my country a lot better and doesn't embarrass me.

    83. Ersin Değer

      Don't take it personal... Or think they are giving a message... It's just that they are poor in coordinating diplomatic relations and that they are overwhelmed with a lot of other issues.

    84. Lidia

      Bye bye Erdo and Micky 👋👋

    85. Anke Boehlert

      Da Capo,Herr Erdogan!!

    86. Peter Pain

      Keine Ahnung aus welchem Grund 🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪 DEUTSCHLAND 🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪 den Türken ständig in den Arsch kriecht. Einfach nur noch ekelhaft 🇹🇷🤢🤮🤮

    87. Edip Ahmet TAŞKIN

      İt is too late to discuss about her or his situation. Difficult to handle unexpected things at that moment.

    88. Baz

      When IThomes delete your comment, you know youve done or said something right 😎👍🏻

    89. Betterdayscoming

      It looks like Erdogan was set up by Michel and Von der Leyen to paint him in a poor light. In the past, he sat with Angela Merkel and Theresa May in these two seats so he clearly doesn't have an issue with women leaders. As they entered the room, Von der Leyen hangs back while Michel strides ahead of her. If she wants to be treated like a leader of the EU then Von der Leyen has to show her authority and Michel should respect it.

      1. Tim Hultsman

        Interesting theory, you may be right

    90. Max Moritz

      Ist das geiiil.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    91. Krešimir Krupnik

      Erdogan is a dictator and a misogynist. Why did they go to him at all? He does not belong to Europe, nor will it ever. Ursula is member of Christian Democratic Union. This is nothing new for her because such behaviour is in the habitus of that party. In the Croatian Parliament, it was officially said by a similar party, "A woman was not created for a sage but for a mattress." In this case, it's just a more sophisticated thing - a sofa.

    92. Ryan lex

      Erdogan about to send milion refugees into germany. Bye bye!

    93. andi

      She was supposed to be in the kitchen and prepare food 😂🤣😅😆😁😄

      1. 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.

    94. Yianna Andreou


    95. one

      Is Turkey a Europe?

      1. Krešimir Krupnik

        @Aytunc Demir Geographically partly ( bigger part is in Asia) , but culturally it is not and never will be Europe.

      2. Aytunc Demir

        yes turkey is a continent.

      3. Krešimir Krupnik

        It is not and never will be, really.

    96. Suhail Shafi

      Look at the massive sofa complete with padding and cushions this lady was offered, in contrast to the small seat President Erdogan was seated on.

    97. Rudolf Sauter

      Jetzt weißt sie mal was sie ohne ihren Schutzengel Merkel in der Welt wert ist..😅😂😅😂

      1. Chrom

        Merkel kann ihr auch nicht helfen. In Turkei hat die EU nichts zu melden 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    98. bilij pdan

      One cannot Like such a situation obviously, this is plain vulgarity, inacceptable.

    99. Branko W

      Honestly this is completely blown out of proportion, what’s wrong with a sofa ? There are plenty more important issues than a chair.