European leaders who have fallen since 2008 financial crisis
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.