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.
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).
Prime Minister Charles Michel presides over a four-party coalition government.
Boyko Borisov of centre-right GERB heads a coalition government.
Prime Minister Andre Plencović heads a conservative coalition government.
Nichos Anastasiades, Conservative, presides over a coalition government.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka heads a coalition government.
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.
Jüri Ratas is the Prime Minister. Elected in 2016, Mr Ratas leads a coalition government.
President Juha Sipilä leads a three-party coalition government.
President Emmanuel Macron won the election in 2017. His party, En Marche!, later gained a majority in the French Assembly.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democrats (CDU) leads a coalition government.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Syriza leads a coalition government.
Viktor Orbán is Prime Minister. He represents the Fidesz party in coalition with the Christian Democrats.
Prime Minister (the Taoiseach) is Leo Varadkar took office in June. He leads Fine Gael, which forms government with three independents.
Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of the Democratic Party leads a coalition government.
Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis leads a six-party coalition government.
Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic, herself an independent, leads a coalition government mainly composed of independents.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel leads a four-party coalition government.
The head of government is Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Labour. The party commands a majority in the legislature.
Mark Rutte of the centre-right People’s party for Freedom and Democracy leads a coalition government.
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.
Prime Minister António Costa leads a coalition of the left.
President, Klaus Werner Iohannis, is head of state in Romania and represents the country in the European council.
Prime Minister Roberto Fico leads a coalition government.
Prime Minister Miro Cerar leads a three-party coalition government.
Mariano Rajoy Brey, President of the Government, leads a minority government following inconclusive elections.
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.