During the five-year term, she was a member of the Employment and Social Committee and served as a substitute on the Constitutional Committee. [2], Following the resignation of Ghassan Salamé as head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in 2020, the American Government proposed Thorning-Schmidt as special envoy to focus on mediating peace in Libya;[34] according to media reports, however, she withdrew herself shortly after. Thorning-Schmidt lived in Copenhagen with their children, while her husband partly resided in Davos, Switzerland, where he worked as a director for the World Economic Forum. She led the Social Democrats in the 2007 election, in which her party suffered modest losses and was forced into a third term in opposition. Ending her political career in April 2016, she was the chief executive of the NGO Save the Children until June 2019. Omissions? [1] After her time in Brussels she worked as an international consultant with the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions until being elected MEP in 1999. [15] In June 2008, according to a Gallup poll, the opposition centre-left was at 49.8% compared to 49.6% for the centre-right. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Ending her political career in April 2016, she was the chief executive of the NGO Save the Children until June 2019. 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Thorning-Schmidt holds degrees in political science from the University of Copenhagen and a graduate degree from the College of Europe. [24], Thorning-Schmidt presided over the successful conclusion of NATO's strike missions in Libya, to which Denmark was a contributor, less than three weeks after taking office. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, (born December 14, 1966, Rødovre, Denmark), Danish politician who became Denmark’s first female prime minister when she took office in 2011. Thorning-Schmidt was the youngest of three children in a family split by divorce. Worse still was the revelation that her husband—the director of the World Economic Forum, who worked in its offices in Switzerland weekdays and joined Thorning-Schmidt and their two daughters in Copenhagen on weekends—had not paid any income tax in Denmark. The commission of inquiry that had already been announced two days previously, was broadly supported by the Danish Parliament to also look into whether the former government was involved in, or knew of, the leak. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Helle-Thorning-Schmidt, Helle Thorning-Schmidt - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). [67] On the same day, Troels Lund Poulsen announced he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the Danish Parliament. This has caused friction with the supporting Red-Green Alliance, which has been kept outside of influence. [61] Thorning-Schmidt attributed the discrepancy to a "big and sloppy error". [2], Thorning-Schmidt served as a Member of the European Parliament for Denmark from 1999 to 2004 before being elected to the Danish Parliament in 2005. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced the extension of the current nationwide Covid-19 lockdown until January 17, 2021, in an … Helle Thorning-Schmidt officially began her first term as Prime Minister on 3 October 2011, after having presented her cabinet to the Queen and having received her official appointment. The departure of the Socialist People’s Party led to the formation of a minority Social Democratic–Social Liberal Party government with control of only about one-third of the seats in the parliament. [13] She also opposed tax cuts announced by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, instead stating she would like to see more funding for welfare. [7], From 1994 to 1997, Thorning-Schmidt led the secretariat of the Danish delegation of Social Democrats in the European Parliament. A shocking turn of events puts Birgitte Nyborg in the Danish prime minister's seat as her country's first female leader in this landmark drama. Danish Prime minister Mette Frederiksen is also known as Mette Fup (Fake). Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. [1], After the defeat in the 2005 election, in which the Social Democrats lost five seats and failed to regain the majority it had lost in the 2001 election, former Minister of Finance and party leader Mogens Lykketoft resigned his post, taking responsibility for the poor election results. [66] This led to intense media speculation that the former government, and specifically Troels Lund Poulsen, were engaged in leaking confidential tax information and trying to pressure the revenue service into changing its decision in the case, in an active attempt to discredit the opposition leader in the then imminent election. In the process, the Social Democratic Party plummeted in the opinion polls, and the opposition Liberals and far-right, anti-immigration, Euroskeptic Danish People’s Party surged. [25], During the first year in office her government rolled back anti-immigration legislation enacted by the previous government,[26] and passed a tax-reform with support from the liberal-conservative opposition. [68], In December 2013, Thorning-Schmidt, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama faced criticism on social media that they had behaved inappropriately after posing for a "selfie" taken with Thorning-Schmidt's mobile phone during the memorial service for the former South African President Nelson Mandela. The mistake was corrected by SKAT for the three years from 2006 to 2008, and Thorning-Schmidt paid the amount she had saved due to the error. It was with Denmark’s first female Prime Minister … [58], Although Thorning-Schmidt has been baptized into the Church of Denmark, she is not confirmed. The case had been leaked to the newspaper several months previously. The second woman to hold either office, she is also the youngest prime minister in Danish history. She also holds a master's degree in European studies specialising in policy and public administration from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, where she studied from 1992 to 1993 (she is an alumna of the Charles IV promotion). A shocking turn of events puts Birgitte Nyborg in the Danish prime minister's seat as her country's first female leader in this landmark drama. Meet extraordinary women who dared to bring gender equality and other issues to the forefront. [14], Although her party again lost two seats in the 2007 election reducing the total to 45 seats, her leadership was not questioned by her party. Maybe it also shows that when we meet heads of state and government, we too are just people who have fun. Borgen. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. This would leave the centre-left with 88 seats, two short of a majority, discounting the Faroe Island and Greenland seats. Her four-party bloc gained a majority of 89 seats in the 179-seat parliament against 86 for the sitting Prime Minister and his center-right parliamentary supporters. [30] These effective reductions were in line with the 2009 tax reforms of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a Venstre prime minister preceding her, which is likely why she received liberal-conservative support.[27]. Starring: Sidse Babett … Thorning-Schmidt studied political science at University of Copenhagen, earning a cand.scient.pol. [28] The aim of the tax reform has been to increase labour output to fend off a projected shortage within the next decades. The party also campaigned on a platform of combating increased inequalities in society, and fighting global warming by supplying 45% of Denmark's energy from renewable sources by 2025. [64] This set off a flurry of speculation in the press, as to whether there had been any political pressure from the then government to pursue a stricter course in the tax case. The instability of the restive ruling coalition was underlined by Thorning-Schmidt’s need to carry out the second cabinet reshuffle of the year in December, involving four new ministers. Hours later another attack occurred outside a synagogue, where a member of the congregation who was providing security was fatally shot and two policemen were wounded. [17], Both Margrethe Vestager (Social Liberal Party) and Villy Søvndal (Socialist People's Party) have pledged their support to Thorning-Schmidt after a potential election victory. Although her popularity plummeted, Thorning-Schmidt weathered the political storm with toughness that flew in the face of those who saw her as effete and characterized her as “Gucci Helle” because of her penchant for stylish dress. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has married her long term film director partner at an intimate village wedding in Magleby Church, Zealand, a Danish island where the … In March 2012, Peter Loft was suspended from his post as deputy chief, for the duration of the two-year investigation period. Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhelə ˈtsʰoɐ̯ne̝ŋ ˈsme̝t]; born 14 December 1966)[1] is a Danish retired politician who served as the 26th Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015, and Leader of the Social Democrats from 2005 to 2015. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen formally tendered his resignation to Queen Margrethe on 16 September 2011. Updates? Creators: Adam Price. At the end of May, Thorning-Schmidt called for a snap parliamentary election to be held on June 18. She was elected to replace Mogens Lykketoft as Leader of the Social Democrats after the 2005 parliamentary election, leading her party through the 2007 parliamentary election, which was won by the centre-right alliance, and the 2011 parliamentary election, after which she was appointed Prime Minister by Queen Margrethe II. Jeff Wallenfeldt, manager of Geography and History, has worked as an editor at Encyclopaedia Britannica since 1992. [11], She was against holding a referendum on the European Reform Treaty. Mette Frederiksen is a Danish politician who has been Prime Minister of Denmark since June 2019 and Leader of the Social Democrats since June 2015. [6] In addition to her native Danish, she speaks fluent English and French. In the wake of the defeat, Thorning-Schmidt resigned as the leader of the Social Democrats. The prime minister was speaking as her foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, faced growing pressure to step down for having sex in 2008 with a 15-year-old … She grew up with her businesswoman mother in Ishøj, a town near Copenhagen that had attracted many immigrants. On 9 August and 12 December 2013, amid tensions between coalition partners, Thorning-Schmidt made cabinet reshuffles. [5] At the time, Denmark had a quota administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of one student at this prestigious institution, and Thorning-Schmidt was selected. Anti-immigrant sentiment appeared to be at the root of the electoral response given the strong showing by the Danish People’s Party, which finished second with some 21 percent of the vote (the Liberal Party came in third with about 19.5 percent). Many had protested the U.S. bank’s plans for a $1.4 billion investment in the utility, an arrangement that gave Goldman Sachs special veto powers not enjoyed by other shareholders. 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