‘Hasn’t She Played Musical Chairs?’ Turkish ‘Sofagate’ With Von Der Leyen Riles Social Media

While some netizens have criticised the way von der Leyen was treated during the meeting, others have cracked jokes instead.

A somewhat awkward scene played out during the recent meeting in Ankara between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and two top EU officials – European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen – when it came to the seating arrangements.

While Erdogan and Michel sat on the only two chairs available, Von der Leyen ended up with no other option but to park her backside on a sofa opposite Turkey’s foreign minister.