Alexander Schallenberg (/ alɛˈksandɐ ˈʃalənbɛrk /), born June 20, 1969 in Bern, is an Austrian statesman. He has been a member of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) and Federal Chancellor since October 11, 2021.
Origins and private life
Alexander Schallenberg was born on June 20, 1969 in Bern. According to the Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, his full name is Alexander Georg Nicolas Christoph Wolfgang Tassilo.
He comes from an aristocratic family. He was the son of diplomat Wolfgang Schallenberg and grew up in India, Spain and France, depending on his father's assignments.
He married Marie-Isabelle Hénin (born in 1969 in Uccle, Belgium) in Saint-Pierre in 1995. She is a granddaughter of the eminent French architect Noël Le Maresquier and of the Spanish nobleman Conchita López de Tejada, and the little one -niece of French Prime Minister Michel Debré. They later divorced, having had four children.
Education and career
From 1989 to 1994, Alexander Schallenberg studied law at the University of Vienna and at the Panthéon-Assas University in Paris. After obtaining his diploma, he continued his studies at the College of Europe (Belgium) until 1995. In 1997, he joined the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs
On June 3, 2019, Alexander Schallenberg succeeds Karin Kneissl as Austrian Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government headed by Brigitte Bierlein. In January 2020, he was renewed in the second government of Sebastian Kurz.
He is particularly famous for his support for the Israeli government. During the Israeli-Palestinian crisis of May 2021, which claimed 14 Israeli victims and more than 250 Palestinians, the Israeli flag was hoisted over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chancellery in Vienna.
Firmly opposed to immigration, he sparked controversy in September 2020 during the fire in the Moria refugee camp in Greece, declaring: “Crying for the distribution [of migrants] cannot be the solution. He is also opposed to the arrival of Afghan refugees during the seizure of power by the Taliban in 2021.
During 2021, he joined the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP).
On October 9, 2021, as a corruption scandal plunged the government into a serious political crisis, Sebastian Kurz announced his resignation. Alexander Schallenberg is appointed by Kurz to succeed him. He is considered a devotee of Sebastian Kurz, to whom he owes most of his political career. He shares with him pro-European Union, anti-immigration and hostile to Turkey convictions.
Notes and references
(fr) This article is partially or fully taken from the English Wikipedia article "Alexander Schallenberg" (see list of authors).
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