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Margrethe Vestager

As a Prime Minister responsible for appointing the next Danish European Commissioner, I knew that I was looking for a high-profile politician who really understood what it takes to influence European policy­making, had a real passion for European cooperation and would make Denmark proud.

Margrethe Vestager was the perfect candidate on all counts, and she has truly delivered.

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As the European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe knows that the buck stops with her, and she makes the tough, controversial decisions as only a true leader can.

But Margrethe is not a technocrat. She bases all her decisions on the values that are close to her heart: fair play and opportunity for all.

Europe needs more women like Margrethe Vestager.

Thorning-Schmidt, a former Prime Minister of Denmark, is the CEO of Save the Children International

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