Following three days of tense talks, German Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde were chosen yesterday as European Commission president and head of the European Central Bank, respectively. But while colleagues hailed their selection as a prominent step toward gender equality, analysts say it was also a delicate compromise that reflected the EU’s political divisions.
Is it a done deal? Not quite: Von der Leyen still needs to win the backing of a majority in the European Parliament before being confirmed.
Read this OZY op-ed about Germany’s future as Europe’s sole powerhouse.