Who are the Europeans?

The European Council, June 2017

In the British media, reports on European Council meetings naturally focus on the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. But who are the other heads of state or government, those representing the 27 countries remaining in the EU?

Below we’ve compiled a list of names of the current member state leaders and the composition of the governments they represent.


Austria

The head of government is Federal Chancellor Kristian Kern. He leads a grand coalition of two parties, his own Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP).

Belgium

Prime Minister Charles Michel presides over a four-party coalition government.

Bulgaria

Boyko Borisov of centre-right GERB heads a coalition government.

Croatia

Prime Minister Andre Plencović heads a conservative coalition government.

Cyprus

Nichos Anastasiades, Conservative, presides over a coalition government.

Czech Republic

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka heads a coalition government.

Denmark

The Prime Minister is Lars Løkke Rasmussen. He leads a three-party coalition government consisting of his own centre-right party, Venstre, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Alliance.

Estonia

Jüri Ratas is the Prime Minister. Elected in 2016, Mr Ratas leads a coalition government.

Finland

President Juha Sipilä leads a three-party coalition government.

France

President Emmanuel Macron won the election in 2017. His party, En Marche!, later gained a majority in the French Assembly.

Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democrats (CDU) leads a coalition government.

Greece

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Syriza leads a coalition government.

Hungary

Viktor Orbán is Prime Minister. He represents the Fidesz party in coalition with the Christian Democrats.

Ireland

Prime Minister (the Taoiseach) is Leo Varadkar took office in June. He leads Fine Gael, which forms government with three independents.

Italy

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of the Democratic Party leads a coalition government.

Latvia

Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis leads a six-party coalition government.

Lithuania

Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic, herself an independent, leads a coalition government mainly composed of independents.

Luxembourg

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel leads a four-party coalition government.

Malta

The head of government is Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Labour. The party commands a majority in the legislature.

The Netherlands

Mark Rutte of the centre-right People’s party for Freedom and Democracy leads a coalition government.

Poland

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo of the Law and Justice Party has been in office since 2015. Her party is the largest in the coalition government.

Portugal

Prime Minister António Costa leads a coalition of the left.

Romania

President, Klaus Werner Iohannis, is head of state in Romania and represents the country in the European council.

Slovakia

Prime Minister Roberto Fico leads a coalition government.

Slovenia

Prime Minister Miro Cerar leads a three-party coalition government.

Spain

Mariano Rajoy Brey, President of the Government, leads a minority government following inconclusive elections.

Sweden

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of the Social Democrats leads a coalition government.


You can view portraits of all the European Council members, including the European Council President Donald Tusk and the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker here.


The images used in this post, and many more, can be downloaded from the European Council website.

 

 

 

 

 

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