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The member-states of the European Union by the European party affiliations of their leaders, as of 1 January 2007.

This article describes the party affiliations of leaders of each member-state represented in the European Council during the year 2007. 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, 2007 11 January 2007 16 November 2007 20 December 2007
European People's Party 10 118 9 108 10 135 9 131
Party of European Socialists 7 104 8 114 8 114 8 114
European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party 5 44 5 44 5 44 6 48
European Democratic Party 1 29 1 29 1 29 1 29
Movement for European Reform 1 12 1 12 1 12 1 12
Alliance for Europe of the Nations 2 34 2 34 1 7 1 7
Independent – DIKO 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 4

List of leaders (January 1, 2007)

Member-state Votes Leader National party European party
Germany 29 Angela Merkel CDU EPP
United Kingdom 29 Tony Blair Labour PES
France 29 Jacques Chirac UMP EPP
Italy 29 Romano Prodi Daisy [1] EDP
Spain 27 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero PSOE PES
Poland 27 Jarosław Kaczyński PiS AEN
Romania 14 Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu PNL ELDR
The Netherlands 13 Jan Peter Balkenende CDA EPP
Greece 12 Kostas Karamanlis New Democracy EPP
Czech Republic 12 Mirek Topolánek ODS MER
Belgium 12 Guy Verhofstadt VLD ELDR
Hungary 12 Ferenc Gyurcsány MSZP PES
Portugal 12 José Sócrates PS PES
Sweden 10 Fredrik Reinfeldt Moderates EPP
Austria 10 Wolfgang Schüssel ÖVP EPP
Bulgaria 10 Sergey Stanishev BSP PES
Slovakia 7 Robert Fico Direction PES
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 Gediminas Kirkilas LSP PES
Latvia 4 Aigars Kalvitis People's Party EPP
Slovenia 4 Janez Janša SDS EPP
Estonia 4 Andrus Ansip Reformierakond ELDR
Cyprus, Republic of 4 Tassos Papadopoulos DIKO Independent [2]
Luxembourg 4 Jean-Claude Juncker CSV EPP
Malta 3 Lawrence Gonzi PN EPP

^  Prior to 14 October, Prodi had officially aligned himself only with his The Olive Tree coalition rather than any member-party, but he had previously been a member of Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy's ancestor-party and was honorary president of its European parent, the EDP.

^  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.




Date Member-state Leader National party European party
11 January Austria Alfred Gusenbauer SPÖ PES
16 November Poland Donald Tusk PO EPP
20 December Latvia Ivars Godmanis LC ELDR

Office-holder only

Date Member-state New Leader National party European party
16 May France Nicolas Sarkozy UMP EPP
27 June United Kingdom Gordon Brown Labour PES

National party changes

  • On 14 October, Prodi's governing The Olive Tree coalition of parties merged into a single Democratic Party. The successor party had yet to determine whether it would continue Daisy's EDP membership; Prodi remained aligned on an individual basis with the EDP.

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