In April 2020 the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, met the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Upon entering the meeting room it was revealed only two chairs had been set out for the three of them.
Charles Michel seated himself in the chair beside Erdogan, leaving Von der Leyen seemingly surprised. No Chair was prepared for the woman holding the highest-ranking position in the European Union. After that, she was offered to take a seat on a sofa in the same room, across from the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavusoglu.
Representatives of the EU were sent to inspect the location ahead of the meeting, however, access to the meeting room was denied because it was deemed too close to the President’s Office.
Ankara sustained that protocol was respected when the EU commission asked about the incident; however, the fact remains, that there was no chair for Ursula.
Only a few weeks before the incident Turkey withdraws from the Istanbul Convention.
A Chair for Ursula
Country of Origin: The Netherlands
Dimensions (cm): 52 x 56 x 87 (H)
Price: excl. VAT
This piece is fully customisable in colour. Based on this technique almost any kind of furniture can be realised, such as chairs, dining tables, side tables, coffee tables, cabinets, consolles and shelves.
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