Angela Merkel’s calculated support for board quotas.


The recent move by Germany to consider adopting a women’s quota for German company boards should mainly be seen as a compromise brokered between the conservative party of Angela Merkel (CDU) and its coalition party the social democratic party (SPD). Angela Merkel has repeatedly obstructed moves towards a quota in the past and Merkel’s sudden support for a quota must be seen as a necessary concession to the Social Democrats on whose good-will she depends to form a new government. Thus, the recent change in attitudes towards quotas is a reflection of political strategies rather than a newfound commitment to gender equality within the Christian Democratic Union.

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