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The first female president of the European Commission has vowed to defend women’s rights after admitting to feeling “hurt” by a chair snub during a summit with male leaders in Turkey.

Ursula von der Leyen was left without a chair at a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on 6 April.

Turkey was criticised, as was EU Council President Charles Michel, who took the only chair next to Mr Erdoğan.

Turkey blamed the EU for the gaffe that saw Mrs von der Leyen sit on a sofa.

But in a speech to the European