Female defence ministers pledge to break Europe's old boys' network

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Female defence ministers pledge to break Europe's old boys' network

It happened at around 3pm on Saturday, in one of the conference rooms at Munich's Bayerischer Hof hotel, where politicians from around the world had gathered for an annual security conference. The female defence ministers of Norway, Sweden and the Netherlandshad all met at previous conferences, so they decided to welcome Ursula von der Leyen, their new German counterpart.

When Belgium's (male) defence minister, Pieter De Crem, spotted the group of women, he quipped: "Oh, I'll better get out of the picture." That's when the Dutch defence minister, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, asked someone to capture the scene on her phone.

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