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This Is the First Time the UK and Germany Have Had Women as Leaders at the Same Time

This Is the First Time the UK and Germany Have Had Women as Leaders at the Same Time

For the first time in history, the two arguably most powerful women in Europe are leading their nations at the same time.

While Theresa May, the woman tasked with navigating Britain's pending divorce from the European Union, has been compared to the nation's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, she may in fact have a lot more in common with Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor, according to commentary in the Washington Post.

"Both are determined individuals known for their no-nonsense leadership style. Merkel and May also share a pragmatic approach to politics — the key characteristic that brought them to power. And their opponents say neither is easy to deal with," writes Rick Noack.

May is currently meeting Merkel in Berlin and the two are anticipating negotiations on the path forward for Britain. It remains to be seen whether Britain will actually divorce from the European Union and some have even mentioned the Brexit may never actually happen.

In an interview, May said, both leaders were working to maintain "the closest possible economic relations between our two countries." She added, "I want to work with Chancellor Merkel and my colleagues around the European Council in a constructive spirit to make this a sensible and orderly departure."

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