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cbsnews | "Sofagate": Thousands sign petition for head of European Council to resign after he took chair from female colleague in viral video (13.03.24)
In a letter to Michel, the group of women calls the seat snub an error against democracy, the European Union and women's rights—and they are calling for Michel to resign [again?]. The letter lists the three crucial errors made by Michel when he left von der Leyen standing during the meeting with Erdoğan.
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Firstly, the group said, Michel and von der Leyen are on an equal diplomatic level and Erdoğan "set a trap" by offering only one other seat during a three-person meeting.
ChatGPT | Von der Leyen on Sofagate: 'It happened because I am a woman'(26.04.24)
Speaking before lawmakers in the European Parliament, von der Leyen said she "could not find any justification" in the European treaties that explained why she was relegated to a nearby sofa while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Michel sat in stately chairs.
msn torygraph | Charles Michel seeks to block Ursula von der Leyen from key EU meetings (11.06.24)
It is the latest twist in their bitter rivalry which has overshadowed the pair's five-year tenure at the helm of the European Union. Mr Michel has suggested excluding Mrs von der Leyen, the European Commission chief, from summit discussions between EU leaders and heads of state next week to decide on who should take the bloc's top jobs after the European elections. He said Mrs von der Leyen should not be allowed to attend because she is vying for a second term in office as the centre-Right European People's Party lead candidate in discussions with aides.

ChatGPT | EU leaders fail to agree on von der Leyen's second term , 17 June

"There is no agreement tonight," European Council President Charles Michel told reporters late Monday night after the leaders' dinner.

by Cat on Mon Jun 17th, 2024 at 11:21:37 PM EST
ChatGPT | Round 2! Von der Leyen, Meloni and the battle for Brussels 4 top jobs
"No one is telling us: 'you are fucked,'" an EPP official close to von der Leyen said.
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Officials stressed the chances of Belloni getting that [EEAS] role seem slim as Meloni appears more interested in an economic portfolio and it is important that someone from the eastern part of the bloc gets one of the EU's top jobs.
DG-Competition chief economist, DG-Internal Market chief economist, EC Enlargement
If EU leaders approve the top jobs package next week and the European Parliament backs von der Leyen in mid-July, the new European Commission is set to be installed around November 1.
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Where is Baerbock? 'It happened because I am a woman'?

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auswaertiges-amt.de | "Shying away isn't going to save us" - Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in an interview with the Handelsblatt newspaper (31.05.24)
Question: You are considered one of the most China-critical voices in the Federal Government. You once called the Chinese President and Party Head Xi Jinping a dictator. Why? It's surely not going to make the Chinese leadership any easier to deal with.
Baerbock: You need a range of registers for good diplomacy—to be able to act quietly behind closed doors but also not paint too rosy a picture all the time in public. No one takes you seriously otherwise. You need to hear, to listen, but also make yourself heard.
Question: Shows of strength are something you need to be able to afford. The German economy is stagnating so the tough line isn't achieving much.
Europe's gender-balanced psycho-drama report

eige.europa.eu | Gender Statistics Database | Governments and other political executives 2024
by Cat on Fri Jun 21st, 2024 at 10:52:55 PM EST
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