I'm curious about whether those who identify as moderate feminists agree with this.
Simple questions. Should the EU Commission:
a) be taking gender into account when considering candidates
b) be taking it into account to such an extent that the President, Juncker, actively overrides the first choice nominee of individual countries purely to meet a gender threshold?
The article:But 10 countries [of 28] have already announced names before the European Parliament has voted on Mr Juncker's candidacy. There are some heavy hitters in there, three former prime ministers among them.
But there's one major problem. All the nominees are men.
Mr Juncker has made it clear that he wants at least as many women Commissioners as the nine appointed by Jose Manuel Barroso in 2009.
He's asked every country to give him two names, so he can shuffle his choices - but some governments are clearly ignoring him. (He might want to get used to that.)
The current women on the Commission sent Mr Juncker an open letter last week urging him to make sure there are at least 10 female Commissioners (why not go for parity and say 14?).
It now looks like he's going to have to lean on some smaller countries to make sure he gets the balance he needs.
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