EU leaders have struck a deal to put women in two of the most important policymaking jobs in the EU for the first time. After three days of tortuous negotiations, Germany’s defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, received the support to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission.
And the French managing director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, will move to Frankfurt to take over from Mario Draghi as the first female president of the European Central Bank once it is formally signed off by the Eurozone group.
Other parts of the package agreed place Charles Michel, Belgium’s liberal prime minister, as the next European Council president, while Josep Borrell, Spain’s foreign minister, is set to become the EU’s foreign policy chief. Some of the roles must be ratified by parliament.