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‘Sofagate’: EU-Turkey diplomatic scandal snowballs – Al Jazeera English

Anger grows after male leaders pictured taking chairs, leaving von der Leyen standing before being ushered to a sofa.



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European Union legislators on Thursday called for the blocs top two officials to explain a snowballing diplomatic scandal that saw European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen left without a chair at recent talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The furore dubbed sofagate online has sparked a slew of accusations over Ankaras attitude to women and the EU, sexism in Brussels, and internal political wrangling between the blocs institutions.
It all centred on an awkward moment at the start…

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