Moment of Truth Gender Quota Vote Tests German Coalition

Angela Merkel's conservatives are officially against passing a fixed gender quota for women on company supervisory boards. But a number of party members reject this position, chief among them Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen. The rebellion is straining not only coalition solidarity, but also the minister's credibility.
Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen (right), supports a fixed gender quota, while Family Minister Kristina Schröder (left), who is officially responsible for the issue, supports a voluntary quota.

Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen (right), supports a fixed gender quota, while Family Minister Kristina Schröder (left), who is officially responsible for the issue, supports a voluntary quota.

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By Melanie Amann, René Pfister, Peter Müller, Annett Meiritz and Ralf Beste