Conservatives Clash - Ursula von der Leyen′s showdown with Angela Merkel | People and Politics | DW | 25.04.2013
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Conservatives Clash - Ursula von der Leyen's showdown with Angela Merkel

German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen is in the firing line after she threatened to break ranks in a vote in the German parliament. The vote concerned establishing quotas for women on company boards.

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Her actions forced a key concession from her party and in particular from Angela Merkel. There are now reports that von der Leyen struck a deal with the opposition in advance. Many of her fellow conservatives are outraged.