Female Defense Ministries of Europe

BATAK CENTER FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES -- You’d be forgiven if you looked at this picture of these four women and “defense ministers from European countries” was the last option (if any) that came to mind when picking their careers. But that’s precisely what makes this image all the more important.

Each of these four women is the defense minister from a country in Europe. From left to right, Ine Eriksen Soreide from Norway, Karin Enstrom from Sweden, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert  from The Netherlands, and Ursula von der Leyen from Germany. This picture was taken during the Munich Summit in early February, where politicians from around the world had gathered for an annual security conference. It was taken by another defense minister, Pieter De Crem form Belgium, spotted the four women together and took a photo.

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