The “sofa scandal” is stirring up diplomatic tension between Turkey and the European Union

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There were only two chairs in the meeting room, and the Chairperson remained standing for a while.

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There were only two chairs in the meeting room, and the Chairperson remained standing for a while.

The attempt to mend the strained relations between the European Union and Turkey has turned into a diplomatic row dubbed “the sofa” or the sofa scandal.

When the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, found herself left standing due to a lack of chairs in Ankara, she responded with an audible grunt to attract attention.

Some criticized the behavior of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as the European official, Charles Michel, a colleague of von der Leyen in the Union, during the meeting.

But Turkey is now blaming the European Union for what Ankara called “unfair accusations.”





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