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The EU’s Michel says he’s sleeping badly after sitting on the sofa in Turkey

© Reuters. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stands as European Council President Michel and Turkish President Erdogan take their seats in Ankara

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Council President Charles Michel is experiencing bad nights due to confusion over a seating arrangement incident at a meeting in Ankara this week, he told German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Ursula Von der Leyen, the first female chair of the European Commission, expressed surprise and raised her hand in disbelief when he discovered that Michel had taken on the only existing chair next to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan at talks.

In the episode, caught on camera, she was finally lowered to a sofa, further away.

“I’m not making a secret that I didn’t sleep well at night because the scenes kept repeating in my mind,” Michel told Handelsblatt and added if possible he would come back and fix it.

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