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Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt arrives to attend the EU Budget summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

November 26, 2013

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt alienated her center-left voters when she started cutting one of Europe's most generous welfare systems shortly after she was elected.

Two years later there are signs the reforms by "Gucci Helle" - as the elegantly-dressed leader is known to critics - are paying dividends and her popularity has rebounded. (Reuters)