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The member-states of the European Union by the European party affiliations of their leaders, as of 1 January 2005.

This article describes the party affiliations of the leaders of each member-state represented in the European Council during the year 2005. The list below gives the political party that each head of government, or head of state, belongs to at the national level, as well as the European political alliance to which that national party belongs. The states are listed from most to least populous. More populous states have greater influence in the council, in accordance with the system of Qualified Majority Voting.



Party January 1, 2005 25 March 2005 4 April 2005 31 October 2005 22 November 2005
European People's Party 12 131 11 119 10 115 10 115 11 144
Party of European Socialists 8 153 9 165 9 165 8 138 7 109
Alliance for Europe of the Nations 1 7 1 7 1 7 2 34 2 34
European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party 3 26 3 26 4 30 4 30 4 30
Independent – DIKO 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 4

List of leaders (January 1, 2005)

Member-state Votes Leader National party European party
Germany 29 Gerhard Schröder SPD PES
United Kingdom 29 Tony Blair Labour PES
France 29 Jacques Chirac UMP EPP
Italy 29 Silvio Berlusconi Forza Italia EPP
Spain 27 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero PSOE PES
Poland 27 Marek Belka SLD PES
Netherlands 13 Jan Peter Balkenende CDA EPP
Greece 12 Kostas Karamanlis New Democracy EPP
Czech Republic 12 Stanislav Gross ČSSD PES
Belgium 12 Guy Verhofstadt VLD ELDR
Hungary 12 Ferenc Gyurcsány MSZP PES
Portugal 12 Pedro Santana Lopes PSD EPP
Sweden 10 Göran Persson SAP PES
Austria 10 Wolfgang Schüssel ÖVP EPP
Slovakia 7 Mikuláš Dzurinda SDKÚ EPP
Denmark 7 Anders Fogh Rasmussen Venstre ELDR
Finland 7 Matti Vanhanen Centre Party ELDR
Ireland, Republic of 7 Bertie Ahern Fianna Fáil AEN
Lithuania 7 Algirdas Brazauskas LSP PES
Latvia 4 Aigars Kalvitis People's Party EPP
Slovenia 4 Janez Jansa SDS EPP
Estonia 4 Juhan Parts Res Publica EPP
Cyprus, Republic of 4 Tassos Papadopoulos DIKO Independent [1]
Luxembourg 4 Jean-Claude Juncker CSV EPP
Malta 3 Lawrence Gonzi PN EPP

^  DIKO's MEP is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament, but the party is not formally attached to any pan-European organization.

Changes during the year



Date Member-state Leader National party European party
25 March Portugal José Sócrates PS PES
4 April Estonia Andrus Ansip Reformierakond ELDR
31 October Poland Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz PiS AEN
22 November Germany Angela Merkel CDU EPP

Office-holder only

Date Member-state Leader National party European party
25 April Czech Republic Jiří Paroubek ČSSD PES

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