April 2021

Claim: Ursula von der Leyen was denied chair at Erdogan meeting because she’s a woman

2021-04-29 11:55 BST
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Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, has claimed that she was denied a chair because she is a woman during a meeting with President Erdogan of Turkey this month. The president of the European Commission blamed the situation on sexism as she spoke to members of the European parliament yesterday.

“I am the first woman to be President of the European Commission. I am the president of the European Commission. And this is how I expected to be treated when visiting Turkey two weeks ago, like a Commission president, but I was not,” von der Leyen said.