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Women in power: which countries of the European Union have made this choice?  – France

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For her, it is anything but an honorary post. Strong woman of the European Union, the German Ursula von der Leyen became president of the European Commission in December 2019. A first.


Magistrate Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, elected president in January 2020, is the first woman to hold this essentially honorary position. She had already opened a breach by becoming the first woman to head the highest court in the country in October 2018, in a very patriarchal society.


Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson became the first female Prime Minister in November 2021, in incredible conditions. Seven hours after being elected, she was forced to resign, without having officially taken office, after a defeat on her budget and the departure of environmentalists from the government. Four days later, she was again elected Prime Minister by Parliament.


After winning the legislative elections, the leader of the Social Democrats Mette Frederiksen formed her government in June 2019, becoming at 41 the youngest Prime Minister in the country’s history.


Kaja Kallas became Estonia’s first female head of government in January 2021. Her father Siim Kallas preceded her as Prime Minister (2002-2004).


Social Democrat Sanna Marin became on December 10, 2019, at the age of 34, the youngest head of government then in office on the planet.


Liberal lawyer and anti-corruption activist Zuzana Caputova, sworn in on June 15, 2019, is the first woman to win the Slovak presidency. Although a novice in politics, she had largely beaten the candidate of the ruling party in March.


The independent Ingrida Simonyte became Prime Minister in December 2020, appointed by the conservative party after the legislative elections.


Katalin Novak became the first woman elected to the presidency in March, a mainly ceremonial post in Hungary.

Elsewhere in Europe

Outside the EU, women hold high positions in Iceland (Katrin Jakobsdottir, Prime Minister), Georgia (Salomé Zurabishvili, President), Serbia (Ana Brnabic, President of the Government), Kosovo (Vjosa Osmani, President ), Moldova (Maia Sandu, President, and Natalia Gavrilita, Prime Minister), Scotland (Nicola Sturgeon, Prime Minister).

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