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Jiwon Lee

“Together for Europe’s recovery”. This is the slogan of the German Government, which took over the rotating presidency of the European Council on the 1st of July.

Its programme focuses on overcoming the COVID-19 crisis and finding more equitable and sustainable solutions to reach the goal of making Europe stronger. “In order to boost the economic and social recuperation of all EU member states, we will work during Germany’s Council Presidency on a joint recovery plan and financial framework for the years ahead. Together, we want to emerge strengthened from this crisis. That means focusing firmly on the future. Climate change mitigation, digital sovereignty and Europe’s responsibility in the world are therefore key focuses of our Presidency” affirms Angela Merkel.

After 265 years of male dominance, Europe is led by three wise women leaders who are working together to help the European family through difficult times. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, and Head of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde is the trio guiding the massive, solidarity-based recovery plan.

How? German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, led the turning point with respect to the management of previous crises and, ignoring the criticisms received in Germany, pushed from the beginning to bring about the turning point of the common European debt. The new president of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also played an important role. She wants to include aid in the Union's multi-annual budget by facilitating the agreement and promoting investments in the green economy. Also, the ECB chaired by Christine Lagarde played a crucial role. Indeed, she launched an extraordinary maxi plan for government bond purchases to keep the cost of public and private debt low.

Three women found themselves for the first time simultaneously covering top roles and managed to prevent Europe from experiencing the most difficult phase since the birth of the Euro. Maybe it's random. Or maybe not.