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Women's quotas closer after coalition talks

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Women's quotas closer after coalition talks
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11:37 CET+01:00
The first rounds of coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the centre-left Social Democratic Party have put a minimum quota on the number of women in German boardrooms back on the table.

After five hours of talks in Berlin on Tuesday evening, the coalition group looking at women, equality and families agreed to pursue introducing legal quotas on the number of women represented at the top level of companies. How it would work is unclear.

A bid to bind firms to the number of women in top positions failed in April when Merkel’s government rejected it in parliament. But the new government is set to be more left-leaning with the Social Democrats (SPD) supporting Merkel’s CDU and Bavarian allies the CSU in power.

According to an OECD study, only four percent of board members in Germany’s DAX-listed companies are women.

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