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Parties in the European Council during 2007


Parties in the European Council during 2007

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.


  • Summary 1
  • List of leaders (1 January 2007) 2
  • Changes 3
    • Affiliation 3.1
    • Office-holder only 3.2
    • National party changes 3.3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5


Party 1 January 2007 11 January 2007 20 April 2007 23 May 2007 16 November 2007 20 December 2007
European People's Party 11 132 10 122 9 108 10 122 11 149 10 145
Party of European Socialists 6 97 7 107 8 121 7 107 7 107 7 107
Alliance for Europe of the Nations 2 34 2 34 2 34 2 34 1 7 1 7
European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party 4 30 4 30 4 30 4 30 4 30 5 34
European Democratic Party 1 29 1 29 1 29 1 29 1 29 1 29
Movement for European Reform 1 12 1 12 1 12 1 12 1 12 1 12
Independent 2 11 2 11 2 11 2 11 2 11 2 11

List of leaders (1 January 2007)

Member-state Votes Leader National party European party
Germany 29 Angela Merkel CDU EPP
United Kingdom 29 Tony Blair Lab PES
France 29 Jacques Chirac UMP EPP
Italy 29 Romano Prodi Independent EDP
Spain 27 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero PSOE PES
Poland 27 Jarosław Kaczyński PiS AEN
Romania 14 Traian Băsescu Independent EPP
Netherlands 13 Jan Peter Balkenende CDA EPP
Greece 12 Kostas Karamanlis ND 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 M EPP
Austria 10 Wolfgang Schüssel ÖVP EPP
Bulgaria 10 Sergei Stanishev BSP PES
Slovakia 7 Robert Fico SMER-SD PES
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 Janša SDS EPP
Estonia 4 Andrus Ansip RE ELDR
Cyprus 4 Tassos Papadopoulos DIKO Independent
Luxembourg 4 Jean-Claude Juncker CSV EPP
Malta 3 Lawrence Gonzi PN EPP

^ Supported by PD
^ 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
20 April Romania Nicolae Văcăroiu PSD PES
23 May Romania Traian Băsescu Independent EPP
16 November Poland Donald Tusk PO EPP
20 December Latvia Ivars Godmanis LPP/LC ELDR

^ Supported by PD

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.

See also

External links

  • Council of the European Union (official website)
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