Our thanks to Ian for this. Jean-Claude Juncker, unelected President-elect of the European Commission, is pressurising countries to submit women for top posts. From the article:
Britain will be denied a key role in the European Commission this week unless David Cameron replaces his male candidate with a woman, the body’s new president has indicated.
Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday expressed his frustration that “despite my repeated requests”, most governments, including Britain, have put forward men for the most important positions in Europe.
He warned that the European Commission would be “neither legitimate nor credible” without more women and said that female candidates would have “a very good chance” of getting one of the top jobs.
Sources close to Mr Juncker, whose appointment Mr Cameron attempted to block, said that the remarks were directed at, among others, the British Prime Minister.
Mr Juncker’s comments are likely to be seen as a blow for Mr Cameron, who earlier this year selected Lord Hill of Oareford, who is little-known in European circles, as the candidate to be Britain’s European Commissioner.