The “sofagate” could be an act wanted by the Turkish president. Leaving the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, without a chair and without a dedicated seat, during the reception in the Ankara Palace, could not only be a fool, but represent a message, launched by Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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Holds it Massimo Sgrelli, for fifteen years head of ceremonial at Palazzo Chigi and today consultant on the protocol for institutions and companies. “Self the chief of ceremonial will resign or he will be fired, then it is the sign that it was a gaffe, however sensational and incomprehensible, and Erdogan’s regime will have an opportunity to get out of it “, he explained to theActed. “If, on the contrary, he remains in his post, it will be the signal that what the Turkish president wanted to send is a clear message”.
Because if, in democratic systems, events like that of Ankara are occasions to “create general harmony”, this is not the case in dictatorships and regimes, where “the protocol can be used instrumentally to underline something. Particularly in authoritarian regimes it is widely used for exalt the leader or compress the opponents».
Meanwhile, on social media, it has been very popular since yesterday l’hashtag #sofagate. And the criticisms are addressed not only to Erdogan, but also to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel who, seeing that the President of the European Commission had not been assigned a seat, should not have ignored anything, nor sit in the chair next to the Turkish president. Yesterday Michel justified himself, explaining that «while perceiving the deplorable nature of the situation“, Both he and the president of the European Commission have” chosen not to make it worse by creating a public accident “.
So Ursula von der Leyen sat up a sofa three meters away, in front of the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu: a post that downgraded her both according to diplomatic protocol and as a woman.