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President Sassoli,
President Michel,

Honourable Members,

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.

I cannot find any justification for the way I was treated in the European Treaties. So, I have to conclude, it happened because I am a woman. Would this have happened if I had worn a suit and a tie? In the pictures of previous meetings, I did not see any shortage of chairs. But then again, I did not see any woman in these pictures, either.

Honourable Members,

Many of you will have made quite similar experiences in the past. Especially the female members of this House, I am sure, know exactly how I felt. I felt hurt and left alone: As a woman and as a European. Because this is not about seating arrangements or protocol. This goes to the core of who we are. This goes to the values our Union stands for. And this shows how far we still have to go before women are treated as equals. Always, and everywhere.

by Oui on Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 08:25:15 AM EST

EU-Turkey at centre of plenary debate with Presidents Michel and von der Leyen

MEPs champion women's rights, express solidarity with President von der Leyen and stress that Europe should speak with one voice on the world stage.

In a joint plenary debate with European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, MEPs assessed the outcome of the 25-26 March European Council meeting, and the recent visit of the two Presidents to Ankara.

Several MEPs raised the EU's actions in managing the COVID-19 pandemic - vaccinations in particular - and other topics on the European Council agenda, but the vast majority of speakers used their time to condemn the images of the Commission President being left without a seat in Ankara next to her two male counterparts, as well as Turkey's regressive stance on women's rights.

Charles Michel repeated his regret and apologised "to the Commission and to all offended" by the incident, saying the circumstances have led him to believe he should have acted in a different manner. "I felt hurt, I felt alone, as a woman and as a European", said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Stressing the issue of gender inequality, she said that there are many women who are not as privileged as her and whose voices cannot be heard.

MEPs unanimously condemned the incident, with a broad majority expressing their solidarity with Ursula von der Leyen. Many speakers lambasted Turkey's recent decision to leave the Istanbul Convention, while others underlined that Europe should speak with one voice on the world stage. The visit to Turkey should have sent a message of strength; instead, it showed weakness and division, they said.

by Oui on Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 08:25:59 AM EST
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Is her beef now that she was not show proper respect as a woman or as a president? I'm confused.

Anyhow, considering that Turkey has engaged in ethnic cleansing, has troops illegally in two neighboring countries and provides weapons and troops to Libyan and Ukrainian civil wars shouldn't the EU be sanctioning the crap out of them instead of meetings? Rules based international order and all that...

That should be the focus of discussions, me thinks.

by pelgus on Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 10:39:33 AM EST
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See my earlier posts, both were send on a mission by Biden/Blinken with blessings from NATO Command and Stoltenberg in Brussels. Otherwise I have no explanation. The EU Council President(s) should clean up their act first ... Visograd Nations and honor Europe's Four Freedoms.

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by Oui on Tue Apr 27th, 2021 at 11:35:29 AM EST
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