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Parties in the European Council during 2017

This article describes the party affiliations of leaders of each member state represented in the European Council during the year 2017. 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 qualified majority system.


Party 1 January 2017 27 January 4 May 14 May 13 December 18 December
# Pop.% # Pop.% # Pop.% # Pop.% # Pop.% # Pop.%
European People's Party 10 35.78% 9 34.97% 10 35.78% 10 35.78% 10 35.78% 11 37.49%
Party of European Socialists 8 33.83% 8 33.83% 8 33.83% 7 20.73% 6 18.66% 5 16.95%
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party 6 7.46% 6 7.46% 6 7.46% 6 7.46% 7 9.53% 7 9.53%
Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists 2 20.28% 2 20.28% 2 20.28% 2 20.28% 2 20.28% 2 20.28%
Party of the European Left 1 2.10% 1 2.10% 1 2.10% 1 2.10% 1 2.10% 1 2.10%
Independent 1 0.56% 2 1.37% 1 0.56% 2 13.66% 2 13.66% 2 13.66%

List of leaders (1 January 2017)

Member state Pop.%[1] Leader Party
Germany 16.18% Angela Merkel CDU-EPP
France 13.10% François Hollande PS-PES
United Kingdom 12.86% Theresa May Con-AECR
Italy 11.84% Paolo Gentiloni PD-PES
Spain 9.09% Mariano Rajoy PP-EPP
Poland 7.42% Beata Szydło PiS-EACR
Romania 3.84% Klaus Iohannis Ind.[note 1]-EPP
Netherlands 3.34% Mark Rutte VVD-ALDE
Belgium 2.22% Charles Michel MR-ALDE
Greece 2.10% Alexis Tsipras SYRIZA-PEL
Czech Republic 2.07% Bohuslav Sobotka ČSSD-PES
Portugal 2.01% António Costa PS-PES
Sweden 1.95% Stefan Löfven S-PES
Hungary 1.91% Viktor Orbán Fidesz-EPP
Austria 1.71% Christian Kern SPÖ-PES
Bulgaria 1.39% Boyko Borisov GERB-EPP
Denmark 1.12% Lars Løkke Rasmussen V-ALDE
Finland 1.08% Alexander Stubb Kok.-EPP
Slovakia 1.06% Robert Fico SMER-SD-PES
Ireland 0.93% Enda Kenny FG-EPP
Croatia 0.81% Andrej Plenković HDZ-EPP
Lithuania 0.56% Dalia Grybauskaitė Ind.
Slovenia 0.40% Miro Cerar SMC-ALDE
Latvia 0.38% Māris Kučinskis V-EPP
Estonia 0.26% Jüri Ratas K-ALDE
Cyprus 0.17% Nicos Anastasiades DISY-EPP
Luxembourg 0.12% Xavier Bettel DP-ALDE
Malta 0.09% Joseph Muscat PL-EPP
  1. ^ Supported by PNL


Date State Former Newer
Leader Party Leader Party
27 January Bulgaria Boyko Borisov GERB-EPP Ognyan Gerdzhikov Ind.
4 May Bulgaria Ognyan Gerdzhikov Ind. Boyko Borisov GERB-EPP
14 May France François Hollande PS-PES Emmanuel Macron LREM-NI
14 June Ireland Enda Kenny FG-EPP Leo Varadkar FG-EPP
11 December Poland Beata Szydło PiS-EACR Mateusz Morawiecki PiS-EACR
13 December Czech Republic Bohuslav Sobotka ČSSD-PES Andrej Babiš ANO-ALDE
18 December Austria Christian Kern SPÖ-PES Sebastian Kurz ÖVP-EPP

See also


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