Lingering ‘Sofagate’ Tensions Reportedly Lay Bare ‘Pecking Order’ Divisions Within Top EU Bodies

Dubbed “sofagate,” the awkward seating incident occurred as European Council president Charles Michel, alongside his colleague European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and Turkish President Erdogan met in Ankara, marring the trilateral discussion on 6 April.

Lingering tension between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel apparently spilled over as the two EU leaders met at Commission HQ in Brussels on Monday, reported Politico.

All eyes were on the first public encounter between the officials since the notorious Ankara seating incident last Tuesday, dubbed “sofagate” on social media.

Both sides’ readouts after the Monday face-off offered precious little details other than that the two presidents had focused on “topical issues,” with “constructive” discussions underscored.

However, the two teams reportedly failed to completely bury the hatchet.

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