Friday 22 September 2017

European leaders who have fallen since 2008 financial crisis

Nicolas Sarkozy joins Silvio Berlusconi on the European political sidelines. Photo: AP
Nicolas Sarkozy joins Silvio Berlusconi on the European political sidelines. Photo: AP

Raf Sanchez

NICOLAS Sarkozy has become the 11th European leader to be ousted since the 2008 financial crisis.



October 4, 2009



Greece – George Papandreou's Socialist Pasok Party ousts New Democracy on a pledge to boost spending.



June 13, 2010



Slovakia – Prime Minister Robert Fico fails to win a second term.



February 25, 2011



Ireland – Brian Cowen's Fianna Fail swept from power in the worst result in its history.



June 22, 2011



Finland – Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi resigns after her coalition is defeated in parliamentary elections.



June 5, 2011



Portugal – Prime Minister Jose Socrates's Socialists are routed by the Social Democratic and People's Party.



September 20, 2011



Slovenia – Prime Minister Borut Pahor loses a confidence vote and stands down several months later.



October 11, 2011



Slovakia – Prime Minister Iveta Radi?ová loses a confidence vote on the eurozone bail out.



November 6, 2011



Greece – George Papandreou resigns to make way for a national unity government.



November 12, 2011



Italy – Silvio Berlusconi resigns as public confidence evaporates.



November 20, 2011



Spain – Jose Zapatero's ruling Socialists are heavily defeated by the conservative People's Party.



April 23, 2012



Netherlands – Prime Minster Mark Rutte submits resignation after failing to win parliamentary support for budget cuts. He plans to fight next election and is still caretaker leader.



May 6, 2012



France – Nicolas Sarkozy is ousted by François Hollande.



Telegraph.co.uk

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