New Danish PM wants Vestager to stay as commissioner

Denmarks new prime minister wants Margrethe Vestager to stay on as the countrys European commissioner.

Mette Frederiksen told Danish broadcaster TV 2 Wednesday “we will propose that the commissioner that we have already appointed, namely Margrethe Vestager, has the chance to continue for the next five years.”

Social Democrat Frederiksen became Denmarks youngest prime minister Wednesday after finalizing the support of three other leftist parties to form a government. The 41-year-old will lead a one-party minority government backed by the Socialist Peoples Party, the Red-Green Alliance and the Social Liberal Party. Vestager is a member of the Social Liberal Party (Radikale Venstre).

The decision to keep Vestager at the Commission was also tweeted by the secretary-general of the European liberals, the political family to which Vestager belongs.

Vestager has been the Commissions competition chief since 2014 and her name had been floated as a possible replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission president.

Her battles against U.S. tech giants including Google and Apple won her wide support in Brussels — and made her the female superstar candidate in Europes liberal camp — but she faced the problem that her home country looked unlikely to nominate her for a top Commission post. Denmarks former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, despite being part of the same European liberal family, is a political opponent and was Read More – Source

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