Gudrun Kugler

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Gudrun Veronika Kugler, née Lang, also known as Kugler-Lang (born 1976, Gmunden, Upper Austria) is a Roman Catholic theologian and jurist. Kugler teaches theology and is active in the pro-life movement and works against social discrimination and Persecution of Christians in Europe and worldwide. In 2015 she was elected to the Viennese municipal council for the ÖVP due to the high amount of preference votes received.[1] In October 2017 she was unexpectedly elected as leading ÖVP candidate in her electoral district to the National Council with an increase in votes of over 9 %.[2]

Political and business activities[edit]

Kugler holds master's degrees in law and women's studies and a doctorate in International Law. In 1999 she earned her Master’s of Theological Studies on Marriage and the Family.[3][4]

From 2001 to 2004 she worked in Brussels as the first director of the World Youth Alliance-Europe[3] representing 1.5 million young people from 100 countries at the EU and UN.[5]

In January 2005, she and her husband founded Kairos-Consulting a company based in Vienna which focuses on charitable initiatives.[6]

In April 2010, Kugler was elected a member of the Advisory Panel[7] of the Fundamental Rights Platform (a form of co-operation of EU Fundamental Rights Agency with NGOs), for a period of two years.[8]

In 2005 Kugler ran as an independent candidate for the Austrian People's Party at the Vienna municipal elections and earned the most votes after the top candidate Johannes Hahn (currently Austria's EU Commissioner).[3] In this context, abortion advocates and pro-life activists accused each other of fundamentalism.[9]

In October 2015 she was elected to the Viennese council thanks to a highly successful preferential vote turnout, which put her with 1.652 preference votes on top of the ÖVP candidate list.

In October 2017 she stunned political observers when in the legislative elections her electoral district Vienna North, a traditional social-democratic stronghold, returned the highest increase in votes with more than +9 %. As the top candidate for this district, Kugler won a direct seat in the National Council. She also received the second-most preference votes of all regional ÖVP-candidates in Vienna.[10]

Christian activities[edit]

Together with other Christian intellectuals Kugler founded "Europe for Christ!", an initiative to encourage Christians to be aware of their responsibilities in the political forum. She also established the Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe,[3][6][11][12]

Kugler attended the first meeting of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights on "intolerance and discrimination against Christians" as a representative of the Documentation Centre.[8]

Kugler has stated that "intolerance against Christians by negative stereotyping and discrimination by denial of rights are on the rise".[13]

Since 2008 Kugler has taught as an adjunct professor at the International Theological Institute in Vienna, Austria.[3][14] She founded and ran the youth academy of the Dr Karl-Kummer Institute.[3] In 2010, she and Denis Borel edited the book "Entdeckung der Freundschaft" (German: the discovery of friendship) in honor of the 65th Birthday of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.[15][16]


Kugler received the Leopold Kunschak Prize for her dissertation, and the prize of the foundation "Ja zum Leben" (German: "'yes' to life") for her work in Brussels.[3][5]


  • Kugler, Gudrun; Borel, Denis (edited for the international theological institute): Entdeckung der Freundschaft : von Philia bis Facebook, 2010, Freiburg, Br. ; Basel ; Wien : Herder, ISBN 978-3-451-30343-2
  • Kugler, Gudrun; Beller, Tilman: Hat Gott auch einen Plan für mich,, April 2009[3][16][17][18]
  • Kugler, Gudrun: Family – Answer to Many Questions, World Youth Alliance, August 2004[19]
  • Lang, Gudrun V.; Strohmer, Michael [Editor]; Klestil, Thomas [Preface]: Europa der Grundrechte? : Beiträge zur Grundrechtecharta der Europäischen Union ; mit einem Geleitwort des Bundespräsidenten der Republik Österreich, Februar 2003, Bonn : Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft, ISBN 3-932829-61-1
  • Lang, Gudrun V. [Editor]; Symposium im Gedenken an die Widerstandsgruppe Weiße Rose zum 60. Todestag von Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst München 2003 ; European Youth Alliance: Helden der Menschenwürde : Texte zum Symposium im Gedenken an die Widerstandsgruppe „Weisse Rose“ zum 60. Todestag von Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst, Bonn : Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft: Edition pro mundis ; Bd. 11, 2003, ISBN 3-932829-75-1
  • Essays and Articles


  1. ^ "Wien: Korosec bleibt dank Vorzugsstimmen im Gemeinderat". 2016-10-12. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Grundmandat geschafft!". Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "MMag. Dr. Gudrun Kugler, MTS". Kairos Consulting. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
  4. ^ "The Battle for Human Dignity". Internationales Theologisches Institut. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
  5. ^ a b "Preisgekrönter FAZ-Redakteur" (PDF). Aktion Lebensrecht für Alle e. V. (ALfA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  6. ^ a b "Der Kampf um die Menschenwürde". Internationales Theologisches Institut. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
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  8. ^ a b "Closing of the 3rd Fundamental Rights Platform meeting with civil society organisations (16/04/2010)". Facebook. Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). 2010-04-20. Retrieved 2015-04-19.
  9. ^ a b Gudrun Kugler-Lang (2006-02-14). "Das "F-Wort" mit dem langen Bart". Wiener Zeitung. Archived from the original on 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  10. ^ "Grundmandat geschafft!". Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  11. ^ Hedwig von Beverfoerde (2009-06-23). "Wachsende Diskriminierung von Christen in OSZE-Staaten". Sven von Storch; Freie Welt. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  12. ^ "Report of OSCE/ODIHR Roundtable" (PDF). OSZE. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  13. ^ APA (2009-05-28). "250 Millionen Christen wegen ihres Glaubens verfolgt". Die Presse. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  14. ^ "Gudrun Kugler curriculum vitae". Internationales Theologisches Institut : Hochschule für Katholische Theologie. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
  15. ^ "Kardinal : Die Brüder Schönborn". Bayerischer Rundfunk. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
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