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Parties in the European Council during 2010

The member-states of the European Union by the European party affiliations of their leaders, as of 1 January 2010.

This article describes the party affiliations of leaders of each member-state represented in the European Council during the year 2010. 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 1 January 2010 11 May 2010 29 May 2010 8 July 2010 13 July 2010 14 October 2010
European People's Party 12 184 12 184 13 196 14 203 14 203 13 190
Party of European Socialists 7 101 6 72 6 72 5 65 5 65 5 65
Independent 3 31 3 31 2 19 2 19 1 7 1 7
European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party 4 25 4 25 4 25 4 25 4 25 5 38
Party of the European Left 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 4 1 4
Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists 0 0 1 29 1 29 1 29 2 41 2 41

List of leaders (1 January 2010)

Member-state Votes Leader National party European party
Germany 29 Angela Merkel CDU EPP
France 29 Nicolas Sarkozy UMP EPP
United Kingdom 29 Gordon Brown Lab PES
Italy 29 Silvio Berlusconi PdL EPP
Spain 27 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero PSOE PES
Poland 27 Donald Tusk PO EPP
Romania 14 Traian Băsescu Independent[1] EPP
Netherlands 13 Jan Peter Balkenende CDA EPP
Greece 12 George Papandreou PA.SO.K. PES
Belgium 12 Yves Leterme CD&V EPP
Portugal 12 José Sócrates PS PES
Czech Republic 12 Jan Fischer Independent
Hungary 12 Gordon Bajnai Independent
Sweden 10 Fredrik Reinfeldt M EPP
Austria 10 Werner Faymann SPÖ PES
Bulgaria 10 Boyko Borisov GERB EPP
Denmark 7 Lars Løkke Rasmussen V ELDR
Slovakia 7 Robert Fico SMER-SD PES
Finland 7 Matti Vanhanen Kesk. ELDR
Ireland 7 Brian Cowen FF ELDR
Lithuania 7 Dalia Grybauskaitė Independent
Latvia 4 Valdis Dombrovskis JL EPP
Slovenia 4 Borut Pahor SD PES
Estonia 4 Andrus Ansip RE ELDR
Cyprus 4 Demetris Christofias AKEL PEL[2]
Luxembourg 4 Jean-Claude Juncker CSV EPP
Malta 3 Lawrence Gonzi PN EPP

^ Supported by PD-L ^ AKEL holds only observer status with the Party of the European Left.



Date Member-state Leader National party European party
11 May United Kingdom David Cameron Con AECR
29 May Hungary Viktor Orbán Fidesz EPP
8 July Slovakia Iveta Radičová SDKÚ–DS EPP
13 July Czech Republic Petr Nečas ODS AECR
14 October Netherlands Mark Rutte VVD ELDR

Office-holder only

Date Member-state Leader National party European party
22 June Finland Mari Kiviniemi Kesk. ELDR

See also

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