Prime minister candidly reveals the key reason for cancelling wedding to attend EU summit

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This is the third time Ms Frederiksen postpones the events which was originally set to take place this summer. The meeting, set to take place on July 17 and 18 will observe plans for a coronavirus recovery fund.

It will be the first summit officials will attend personally since the coronavirus pandemic forced countries to go into lockdown.

Ms Frederiksen and her partner, Bo Tengberg, would have gotten married on July 18.

In a statement published on the prime minister’s Facebook account she said she had to “protect Denmark’s interests”.

Denmark has disputed the fund over a proposal to extend grants to nations that were highly damaged by the pandemic.

Denmark as well as Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands say the suggested £676bn (€750bn) for the fund is too much money and have reiterated that any funds granted must eventually be paid back.

The date of the EU meeting, which will take place in Brussels, was revealed in recent days.

In a Facebook post, Ms Frederiksen wrote: “I am so looking forward to marrying this amazing man.

“But obviously it shouldn’t be easy, and now the Council meeting in Brussels has been convened precisely on Saturday in July, when we had planned a wedding.

“But, I have to do my job and protect Denmark’s interests,” she added.

“I’m looking forward to saying yes to Bo (who is fortunately very patient)”.

Ms Frederiksen has not announced a replacement date for her wedding ceremony.

The prime minister and her partner were initially set to marry last summer, but they originally adjourned the event due to the general election.

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The center-left Socialist Democratic party leader became Denmark’s youngest prime minister last year at the age of 41.

Denmark has registered 12,836 coronavirus infections and 603 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

It was one of the first Western nations to start lifting lockdown measures in April.

Last August, US President Donald Trump accused Ms Frederiksen of making “nasty” and “inappropriate” remarks, after she branded his alleged idea to purchase Greenland as “absurd.”

Speaking to journalists on the White House lawn last year, Trump lashed out at Ms Frederiksen’s comments.

“I thought that the prime minister’s statement that it was absurd, that it was an absurd idea was nasty,” he said.

“I thought it was an inappropriate statement. All she had to do is say no, we wouldn’t be interested.”

He added: “She’s not talking to me. She’s talking to the United States of America. You don’t talk to the United States that way, at least under me.”

He then mentioned that former US President Harry Truman once contemplated putting in an offer for the autonomous Danish territory.

Afterward, he took to Twitter to continue his criticism, saying: “For the record, Denmark is only at 1.35% of GDP for Nato spending. They are a wealthy country and should be at 2%.

“We protect Europe and yet, only 8 of the 28 Nato countries are at the two percent mark. The United States is at a much, much higher level than that….”

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