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Parties in the European Council during 2005


Parties in the European Council during 2005

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.


  • Summary 1
  • List of leaders (1 January 2005) 2
  • Changes during the year 3
    • Affiliation 3.1
    • Office-holder only 3.2
  • See also 4
  • External links 5


Party 1 January 2005 25 March 2005 4 April 2005 31 October 2005 22 November 2005
Party of European Socialists 7 146 8 158 8 158 7 131 6 102
European People's Party 12 131 11 119 10 115 10 115 11 144
European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party 3 26 3 26 4 30 4 30 4 30
Independent 2 11 2 11 2 11 2 11 2 11
Alliance for Europe of the Nations 1 7 1 7 1 7 2 34 2 34

List of leaders (1 January 2005)

Member-state Votes Leader National party European party
Germany 29 Gerhard Schröder SPD PES
United Kingdom 29 Tony Blair Lab PES
France 29 Jacques Chirac UMP EPP
Italy 29 Silvio Berlusconi FI 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 ND 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 PPD/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 V ELDR
Finland 7 Matti Vanhanen Kesk. ELDR
Ireland 7 Bertie Ahern FF AEN
Lithuania 7 Valdas Adamkus Independent
Latvia 4 Aigars Kalvitis TP EPP
Slovenia 4 Janez Jansa SDS EPP
Estonia 4 Juhan Parts RP EPP
Cyprus 4 Tassos Papadopoulos DIKO Independent
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 RE 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

See also

External links

  • Council of the European Union (official website)
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