Jennifer O’Connell: Every woman has met a Charles Michel who looks the other way

Ankara incident shows women have a more insidious enemy than Erdogans and Trumps

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has likened a recent snub during a meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when she was left without a seat, to the unequal treatment of women around the world. Video: EU Commission

The political world was convulsed this week by revelations about Boris Johnson’s furnishings. The £840-a-roll gold wallpaper designed to eviscerate the “John Lewis nightmare” left behind by Theresa May! The allegations of a Bertie Ahern-style soft furnishings digout! The snobbery! The red-faced denials!

But if that was the high-drama boxset we all needed to binge on, it was a chair in the Turkish presidential palace that said more about the state of contemporary politics. Rather, it was the absence of a chair.

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