(CNN)Europe's leaders have agreed to give two of the top four European Union jobs to women, but only after a marathon set of talks that exposed the continent's simmering divisions.
Ursula Von Der Leyen and Christine Lagarde win top EU jobs after marathon talks
German defense minister Ursula Von Der Leyen emerged as nominee for president of the European Commission, and International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, who is French, was put forward for the presidency of the European Central Bank.
Von Der Leyen's role must be confirmed by a vote in the European Parliament. If elected, she would be the first woman to lead the European Commission. Lagarde will be the first woman to head the bloc's central bank.
Outgoing European Council president Donald Tusk called the appointments "a perfect gender balance."
The deal was a classic European result, after days of backroom horse-trading that was bitter even by Brussels standards.
The choice of Von Der Leyen, seen as a hawkish conservative, was designed to placate Hungary's hardline leader Victor Orban. His cohort of like-minded Eastern European leaders had joined with Italy to block the original frontrunner for the role, Dutch socialist Frans Timmermans, at the last minute.
That maneuver had infuriated France and Germany. Lagarde's unexpected appointment was designed to keep French President Emmanuel Macron on side.
The compromise may yet fall apart when it co