The storm on stage at the presidential palace in Ankara did not subside, and it turned into a diplomatic clash between Italy and Turkey entirely with the summons of the Italian ambassador. At night, Prime Minister Mario Draghi himself used very harsh words against the Turkish leader.
“I completely disagree with Erdogan, I believe it is not an appropriate behavior. I am very sorry about the humiliation that Committee Chairman Ursula von der Leyen has suffered,” the Prime Minister said. and then added: Draghi emphasized: “With these dictators, let’s call them what they are, however, this is necessary, however, one has to be frankly demonstrating diversity. about our views and visions of society; and must also be willing to cooperate to ensure the interests of your country. You have to find the right balance.
The claims have made Turks angry. The Italian ambassador to Ankara, Massimo Gaiani, was summoned last night to the Ankara Foreign Ministry, where the head of the Turkish diplomatic mission Cavusoglu expressed all his disappointments: President-elect of us, “said Cavusoglu brusquely.
The Italian Ambassador “stressed that we expect these wicked and brazen statements” by the Italian Prime Minister about the President of Turkey, “not in line with the spirit of friendship and alliance between Italy and Turkey. , will be withdrawn immediately, “he said. in an announcement from the Ankara Foreign Ministry.
In the morning, after a series of accusations, Turkey went public and sent back criticisms of Erdogan’s ‘protocol machines’, which in the eyes of Europe would be happy to have von der Leyen on the sidelines, for Charles Michel the armchair on the side. “The accusations are not fair. Protocol was upheld during the meeting”. The Turkish and EU staff “met before the visit and their requests were met”, which is the version of Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
But the responsibility continued. The ceremony staff, Brussels claimed, had been denied a final inspection. As if that weren’t enough, today it emerged that another sensational accident at risk of happening at the official lunch of the visit: the table was set for 5 people on each side, with two honorary armchairs on the side. first, one for Michel and the other for Erdogan, while a smaller seat has been reserved for Von der Leyen, to the right of Michel. Rudeness is only avoided during extreme actions. Two diplomatic advisors accompanied Michel to the table, while von der Leyen was left alone. Finally, a mess here is too padded, adding a chair for one of his employees.
And even the original invention photo that excluded the Commission’s chairman, was recovered at the end, according to an internal Council document, according to Michel’s “suggestion”. “In this situation, we can expect the two guests to agree,” Turkish government sources told ANSA, leaked images of EU leaders urging to appear at scene center. But the justification for Michel’s formally superior rank is unsatisfying. On the protocol front, Eric Mamer, spokesman for the EU executive body, said, “the presidents of the Commission and the Council of Europe are treated the same way”. In all cases, the question symbolic weight remains.
In his conversation with Erdogan, emphasizing Brussels, von der Leyen spoke about the Istanbul Convention against Gender Violence, “and the rights of women”. However, the re-creation makes Michel’s position increasingly uncomfortable, who even today has returned to “tell the crime” of what happened, talking about a “pathetic image”. Hour after hour, the growing front urged him to resign. And there were those who saw an indelible mark on his office renovation, in just over a year. The EU ambassador to Ankara, Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, from Germany, also appears to be in a balance.
Meanwhile, the case is set to end in the European Parliament. After unanimously condemning, the main groups demanded a plenary debate to clear the matter. “The visit to Ankara should have presented a message of consistency and unity in Europe’s approach to Turkey. Unfortunately, it was translated as a symbol of disunity, because The president cannot be together when necessary, “he attacked EPP president, Manfred Weber. The Chairman of the Social and Democratic Party (S&D) group, Iratxe Garcia Perez, also called for discussions with von der Leyen and Michel, who reiterated: “The unity of the European Union and respect for human rights, including women’s rights is fundamental “.
Protests and controversies, apart from Draghi, are also raging in Italy. The sofagate congressional condemnation was unanimous. And at Montecitorio, the Democrats expressed their bewilderment by leaving an empty chair in the middle of the wheel to denounce what Beatrice Lorenzin called “an insult to all women and the Union. Europe”.