By Aglaia Staff

This has to be the most prominent few days in the international spotlight Helle Thorning-Schmidt has ever experienced.

Although sadly, for the wrong reasons.

The Danish prime minister came under fire for taking an “inappropriate” selfie opportunity with US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron midway through Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesberg, which went viral, sparking outrage.

Cameron later explained why he chose to lean in for a snap with the pair, telling his MPs: “When a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph, I thought it was only polite to say yes.”

his, we learned, was in reference to the fact that Thorning-Schmidt is married to Stephen Kinnock – the son of former Labour party leader Lord Neil Kinnock. The couple, who have two daughters together, met while she was studying at the European College in Bruges. So that’s one factoid of information uncovered. But what else do we know about the glamorous Scandinavian politician?

She’s A Young ‘Un

After completing a degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen, she joined the Social Democrat party at the tender age of 26. Her job before that? A consultant role for the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (casual). She served in the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, before she was appointed to the position of leader of the Social Democratic Party. The party won the election in 2011, making her the first female prime minister the country had ever seen. Now 46, she leads a coalition of the Social Democrats, (her own party) the Socialist People’s Party and the Danish Social Liberal Party.

 

 

 Helle Thorning Schmidt: Who Is Obamas Selfie Pal
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