Tuesday April 13, 2021
“Not ready for the truth”
Weber sees the EU problem in the “Sofagate” incident
In the aftermath of the diplomatic defeat in Ankara, EPP boss Weber sharply criticized EU Commission President Van der Leyen and Council boss Michael: one expects solidarity from top politicians, especially dictators. However, in terms of foreign policy, the EU needs to do something.
CSU European politician Manfred Weber criticized the appearance of EU leaders during a recent visit to Turkey. The European People’s Party (EPP) committee chairman said after the meeting of EU parliamentarians that this was a further warning that EU foreign policy was not ready for the harsh realities.
Unity is expected from top politicians representing the EU in the world, Weber added. “Especially with you dictators and dictators – politicians who feed conflict rather than compromise – the EU must appear strong and united in all circumstances.”
EU Commission President Ursula van der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week and pledged close cooperation with him. There was excitement about the seating arrangement in the crowd: Erdogan offered only a chair next to Michael, while Van der Leyne sat on the side of a sofa and was disappointed. Michael and Van der Leyen made the statement at the summit of the European Parliament on Tuesday.
Does Council Chairman Michael qualify?
Michael is criticized because he accepted the requirements of seat arrangement during public appearances and did not support equivalent treatment by Der Lions. According to the European Commission, Michael van der Leyen has now made it clear that he will never allow such a situation to happen again. Michael apologized.
The incident in Ankara has cast doubt on Michael’s suitability for his position as council chairman, said Martin Shirdevan, chairman of the Left Parliamentary Committee. “Michael is really under investigation for me. As far as foreign policy is concerned, he allowed Erdogan to be dragged inside.”
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