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two of the E. U.'s for top jobs all going to women for the first time , Christine Lagarde set to take over at the European central bank %HESITATION Sula formed Alliant names to head the European Commission but for some observers gender was the least surprising aspect of the news so who all the E. U.'s new bosses Christine Lagarde is the better known she's currently head of the International Monetary Fund and a familiar figure on the world stage , and I think that you know growth can be generated she was also France's first female finance minister in twenty eighteen Forbes ranked her as the world's third most powerful woman but there is one big gap on her resume she's never been a banker and had long denied one thing the ECB top job that leaves traders guessing what policies she might to talks and wondering whether running the bank will prove a challenge it's a job where one wrong word can roll global markets for the law and is a big name in Germany she's defense minister and a close ally old chancellor Angela Merkel bot she's not a household name worldwide and wasn't seen as a frontrunner for the post in the end Merkel didn't even vote for her she had to abstain following splits in her coalition of who to appoint , from the lines once floorless reputation has also lost some luster , critics say she has proved an accident prone defense chief , now socialists are unhappy to see a conservative take the top job at the commission on Wednesday for the line visited the European Parliament in a bid to win them over lawmakers there will have to approve her appointment , for now though there is relief among E. U. leaders a deal has been done and credible candidates chosen it just so happens that two of them all women