Both the last two German defense ministers have been women, and one of them is about to become European Commission president. But Ursula von der Leyen’s rise through the ranks has nothing to do with feminism.
Ines Schwerdtner is an author, political analyst, and co-host of the podcast halbzehn.fm. She lives in Berlin.
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