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Werner Faymann

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criticism within his party. [1]


Early life and education

Werner Faymann was born in Vienna [2] and also went to grammar school there. He enrolled at the University of Vienna (jurisprudence, political science, and history of art) but attended just one lecture there without taking any

exams. Instead, he worked as a taxi driver. [3]


In 1981, Faymann became provincial chairman of the Socialist Youth Vienna (Sozialistische Jugend Wien). From 1985 to 1988 Faymann was a consultant to the bank Zentralsparkasse der Gemeinde Wien (now UniCredit Bank Austria AG). The bank at the time was closely

Werner Faymann

Austria AG). The bank at the time was closely Werner Faymann 24th Chancellor of Austria In

In office 2 December 2008 – 9 May 2016

Chairman of the Social Democratic Party

In office 16 June 2008 – 9 May 2016

Preceded by

Succeeded by

Michael Häupl (Acting)

In office 11 January 2007 – 23 November 2008


Preceded by

linked to the municipal government dominated by the

Social Democrats. [4] He left the bank to become director and provincial chairman of the Viennese Tenants' counselling.

Subsequently, Faymann became a member of the Viennese state parliament and municipal council, where he held various positions concerning housing construction

and urban renewal. [5]

Federal Minister for Transport, 2007–08

coalition co-ordinator. [6]

Succeeded by


Personal details


4 May 1960 Vienna, Austria

Political party


Martina Ludwig






Soon Faymann was seen as the likely successor of Gusenbauer. He never challenged Gusenbauer openly, but the chancellor faced an internal party rebellion in June 2008 and voluntarily relinquished the party

The election was famously preceded by Faymann and Gusenbauer announcing a shift in the party's position towards the signing of new EU treaties, which they did by writing an open letter to Hans Dichand, the editor of the yellow press medium Kronen Zeitung. At the time, the Kronen Zeitung was the largest newspaper in the country. The letter caused a scandal within the party, as no party committee had been involved in deciding the shift.

The pro-EU Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) cancelled the existing coalition, thus causing new elections. Faymann was known for his good relationship to Dichand, who would also support him in the following election campaign. Although the SPÖ lost 11 seats, and had a 6% swing against it (in fact, their worst result since World War II), they came out ahead of their main rivals Austrian People's Party in regard to seats (57

to 51) as well as to share of the vote (29.26% to 25.98%). [5][7] Afterwards, Faymann renewed the coalition

with the Austrian People's Party, as he had announced before the election.

Chancellor of Austria, 2008–16

As head of the largest party in the National Council of Austria, Faymann was asked by Federal President

Heinz Fischer on 8 October 2008 to form a new government. [8]

A coalition between the SPÖ and the ÖVP was agreed upon on 23 November 2008 and was sworn in on 2

December 2008. [9]

In 2012, Austria's government curbed the remit of a parliamentary investigation into high-level corruption

and ensured Faymann was not called to testify. [10]

In 2013, public prosecutors were looking into whether Faymann and a top aide, Josef Ostermayer, had swayed the ÖBB state railways and ASFiNAG motorway agency to place advertisements promoting him in newspapers during his tenure as infrastructure minister. Both had repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the

breach of trust case, which the opposition Freedom Party (FPÖ) had asked prosecutors to investigate. By November 2013, Austrian

authorities dropped their investigation. [11]

Faymann is said to have moved his once solidly pro-European party

toward a more EU-sceptic course. [6] He has kept his distance from

the far-right parties. [6] In domestic affairs, Faymann's administration has been notable in enacting a wide range of reforms in areas such as

education and social security. [12][13][14]

In 2015, Faymann criticized what he called German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "wait-and-see" approach to tackling Europe's economic problems and demanded a more aggressive push to combat

unemployment in Europe. [15]

push to combat unemployment in Europe. [ 1 5 ] Faymann meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Faymann meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 11 December 2008

On 9 May 2016, he resigned as Chancellor and party leader, after losing confidence from a considerable number of party members, despite retaining confidence from a majority of them. His party's candidate and the candidate from its coalition partner, the People's Party, were both eliminated in the first round of the presidential elections held on 24 April 2016, resulting in a run-off between Norbert Hofer of the right-wing populist Freedom Party of Austria and Alexander Van der Bellen, an independent endorsed by The

Greens. [16]

Other activities

Karl Renner Institute, Member of the Board of Trusteesendorsed by The Greens. [ 1 6 ] Other activities Hans Kelsen Institute , Ex-Officio Chairman

Hans Kelsen Institute , Ex-Officio Chairman of the Board of Trustees Hans Kelsen Institute, Ex-Officio Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Private life

Faymann is a Roman Catholic. [2] He is married and has two children. [5][17]

See also


External links

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Party political offices

Preceded by Alfred Gusenbauer

Leader of the Social Democratic Party

Succeeded by Michael Häupl




Political offices

Preceded by Alfred Gusenbauer

Succeeded by Reinhold Mitterlehner



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