Europe's defence minister roles become female stronghold

France’s appointment of Sylvie Goulard means defence at four of the EU’s five largest economies is overseen by women When Europe’s defence ministers gathered in Brussels this week, all eyes were on the newcomer: Sylvie Goulard, the former liberal MEP who had been appointed France’s armed forces minister less than 24 hours earlier.But the meeting – to discuss ways of boosting EU-Nato cooperation and the use of joint EU battle groups – was remarkable for more than that. All five of the bloc’s largest economies, apart from Britain, were represented by women. Continue reading...

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