(Strasbourg) The European Parliament and the European Council must “respect each other” and “cooperate”, because “only then can we build trust and change Europe for the better”. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk (pictured together with the newly elected president of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli), said this as he briefed MEPs in Strasbourg today on the recent summit of the Heads of State or Government and on the talks about the EU’s top jobs. “We managed to make these decisions on time, and actually much more quickly than five years ago. I believe they are good choices”, he said, referring to those elected as presidents of the Commission, the Council, the ECB and as High Representative of the Union. “For the first time in our history, the European Council proposed two women and two men to lead the key EU institutions. I feel happy and proud that we have achieved perfect gender balance in the top positions. This is a very positive change. Europe is not only talking about women, it is choosing women. I hope that this choice will inspire many girls and women to fight for their beliefs and passions”.