Michael Spindelegger

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Michael Spindelegger
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Minister of Finance
In office
16 December 2013 – 1 September 2014
Chancellor Werner Faymann
Preceded by Maria Fekter
Succeeded by Hans Jörg Schelling
Vice Chancellor of Austria
In office
21 April 2011 – 1 September 2014
Chancellor Werner Faymann
Preceded by Josef Pröll
Succeeded by Reinhold Mitterlehner
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
2 December 2008 – 16 December 2013
Chancellor Werner Faymann
Preceded by Ursula Plassnik
Succeeded by Sebastian Kurz
Personal details
Born (1959-12-21) 21 December 1959 (age 55)
Mödling, Austria
Political party Austrian People's Party
Spouse(s) Margit Spindelegger
Children 2 sons
Alma mater University of Vienna
Religion Roman Catholicism

Michael Spindelegger (born December 21, 1959) is an Austrian politician. He has served in the cabinet of Chancellor Werner Faymann as Finance Minister of Austria since 2013; additionally, he is Vice Chancellor since 2011. He was Foreign Minister from 2008 to 2013. Spindelegger was also the leader of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) from 2011 to 2014. On August 26, 2014 he unexpectedly resigned from all political positions.

Early and personal life[edit]

Spindelegger was born in Mödling, Lower Austria. He went to school in Hinterbrühl (1965–1969) and to the gymnasium Keimgasse in Mödling (1969–1977). From 1977 to 1978 he served for one year in the Austrian Armed Forces, being trained as a reserve officer. From 1978 he studied law at the University of Vienna, and received a doctorate in law in 1983.[1]

Spindelegger is married, and has two sons.[2] He is member of the Austrian Catholic student fraternity Cartellverband.[3]

Professional career[edit]

From 1982 to 1983, Spindelegger was Assistant Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute of Criminal Law, University of Vienna.

From 1983 to 1984, he worked as a judge's assistant at several Courts of Law in Vienna, and from 1984 to 1987 as a civil servant for the Federal State of Lower Austria.

From 1987 to 1990, he worked for Austrian Defense Minister Robert Lichal, and between 1990 and 1994 for a number of companies in Austria and Germany, including Siemens.[1]

Political career[edit]

From 1992 to 1993, Spindelegger was Member of the Federal Council of Austria.

From January 1995 to October 1996, Spindelegger was Member of the European Parliament.[4]

From December 1993 to March 1995, and since October 1996, he is member of the National Council of Austria (Nationalrat). Between October 1996 and October 2006, he was his party's Speaker on Foreign Affairs, and head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs.

From 1991 Spindelegger was the deputy federal chairperson of the ÖAAB and since 2009 has been federal chair. From January 2000 to January 2007, he was Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and from January 2002 to October 2006 head of the Austrian delegation.[1]

From March 2000 to October 2006, he was vice-chairman of the Austrian People's Party.

On October 30, 2006 he became Second Speaker of the Austrian Parliament.[5] He held this office until November 2008.[1]

Between 2008 and 2013 he served as Foreign Minister of Austria, in April 2011 he additionally took over the post of Vice Chancellor from Josef Pröll. He was elected ÖVP Party Chairman in May 2011. In 2013 Spindelegger became Austria's Finance Minister.

He resigned at the end of August 2014 following disputes over tax reform. The Social Democrats and some within his party called for a new tax on wealth which he opposed saying that the focus should be on cutting national debt levels that were scheduled to reach 80% of GDP by the end of the year. He said: "The Austrian way must be oriented toward Berlin and not toward Athens." Economic Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner was chosen as the new head of the party.[6] Chancellor Werner Faymann said he expected the governing coalition to see out its term.[7]

Awards[edit]

Spindelegger received :

Notes and references[edit]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ursula Plassnik
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Sebastian Kurz
Preceded by
Josef Pröll
Vice Chancellor of Austria
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Reinhold Mitterlehner
Preceded by
Maria Fekter
Minister of Finance
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Hans Jörg Schelling
Party political offices
Preceded by
Josef Pröll
Leader of the Austrian People's Party
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Reinhold Mitterlehner