Merkel Praises Denmark’s Thorning-Schmidt as Common-Sense Ally

Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Denmark as a German ally in talks on the European Union’s budget and expressed regret that Germany’s northern neighbor hasn’t joined the euro area.

Merkel made the off-the-cuff comments at a chamber of commerce event near the northern German city of Rostock after the host said Merkel and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning- Schmidt are from different political camps.

Thorning-Schmidt, a Social Democrat, is “extremely common- sense” and “we work together very well” regardless of political affiliation, said Merkel, a Christian Democrat.

While the Danes “unfortunately aren’t in the euro area,” the country is “a very important friend and ally on many European issues,” including the EU budget, Merkel said.

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