He became a diplomat and helped negotiate Austria's return to full sovereignty in 1955, the year when Austria joined the Council of Europe.
He joined the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) in 1951. From 1950 to 1952, he was an official in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He served as president of the Cultural Commission and General Rapporteur of the Political Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly. He was Secretary General of the Council of Europe from 1 October 1979, to 1 October 1984. He was married and had two children.
- "Dr. Franz Karasek". Austrian Parliament. 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
- Debates of the parliamentary Assembly, 21 April 1986. Council of Europe. 1986. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
- Curriculum vitae of Dr Frank Karasek, Document 4323 of the Parliamentary Assembly. Council of Europe. 1979-05-04. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
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