Sunday 21 January 2018

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.

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