Christian Kern


Christian Kern was born in Vienna, Austria on January 4th, 1966 and is the Politician. At the age of 58, Christian Kern biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 4, 1966
Place of Birth
Vienna, Austria
58 years old
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Businessperson, Journalist, Politician, Spokesperson
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University of Vienna
Christian Kern Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Karin Wessely, ​ ​(m. 1985; div. 1988)​, Eveline Steinberger
3 sons (with Wessely), 1 daughter (with Steinberger)
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Christian Kern Life

Christian Kern (Austrian German pronunciation): born 4 January 1966; born 4 January 1966) is an Austrian businessman and former politician who served as Chancellor of Austria from 17 May 2016 to 18 December 2017 and as chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 25 June 2016 to 25 September 2018.

Before becoming a senior journalist in Austria's top electricity firm Verbund AG, a business journalist by trade, a member of Austria's Social Democratic Camp, served as the spokesperson of the SP's parliamentary group leader in the mid-1990s. Kern was elected CEO of the Austrian Federal Railways (BB), chairing the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) from 2014 to 2020. The governing Social Democrats nominated Kern for the office of chancellor after Werner Faymann's resignation in the midst of the presidential race.

Kern was sworn in as the Chancellor of Austria on May 17, 2016 promising to maintain the "Grand alliance" with the People's Party (VP), but promising a "New Deal" that would bring about more jobs by reducing red tape while still guaranteeing regular employees enjoy a share of economic growth. Kern sluggish and devoid of a concrete political vision for Austria's future.

Early life and education

Kern was born in Simmering, a working-class suburb of Vienna, as the son of an electrician and a secretary. At the University of Vienna, he studied journalism and communication, followed by postgraduate studies at the Management Zentrum St. Gallen.

Personal life

Kern married Karin Wessely in 1985, with whom he has three sons. His union with Wessely, a local SP politician in Mödling, a district capital south of Vienna, ended in divorce in 2001. Wessely, on the other hand, accepted his appointment as Faymann's successor, as a charismatic figure whose ability to unite the more left-aligned and the more right-aligned groups of their party. He has a daughter with Eveline Steinberger, his second wife.


Christian Kern Career


Kern started his career in 1989 as a business journalist writing for the Wirtschaftspressedienst and Austrian business magazine Option. In 1991, he became an assistant of the Federal Chancellery's undersecretary of state for civil service, Peter Kostelka. When Kostelka became chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) parliamentary group in 1994, Kern remained his chief of office and spokesman.

In 1997, Kern moved to the largest Austrian electricity supplier, the Verbund AG, where from 1999 he oversaw marketing and sales. In 2007 he was appointed a senior manager overseeing foreign mergers & acquisitions, investments, and the Austrian high-voltage transmission grid

In 2010, Kern was selected to take over the post as CEO of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). He was appointed chairman of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) in 2014. Kern has been a board member of FK Austria Wien since 2009.

In 2012, ÖBB celebrated the 175th anniversary of the Nordbahn, the earliest predecessor company marking the start of rail transport in Austria. Kern inaugurated an exhibition on the company's complicity with the Third Reich, named "The Suppressed Years – Railway and National Socialism in Austria 1938–1945". He referred to that period as "the darkest part of our company's history," adding that "We are obliged to commemorate and with this documentation we would like to further contribute to coming to terms with the past. No matter how incredible these events may seem to us today, we need to clearly accept these times as part of our ÖBB history." The exhibition later went on tour and was presented at the European Parliament's parliamentary building in Brussels. For his extraordinary engagement accounting for the company's past, in June 2013 the Vienna Israelite Community awarded Kern the Marietta and Friedrich Torberg Medal.

In the course of the 2015 migrant crisis, Kern organized the transport of hundred thousands of migrants coming from the "Balkan route" across the country. He is considered a supporter of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's migration policy. Leading Austrian trade unionist Roman Hebenstreit, who is also chairman of the ÖBB's works council described Kern in 2016 as "the first ÖBB boss to really stand by his workers."

Since 2014, Kern was repeatedly named as one of the possible successors for Werner Faymann's chancellor post. In 2015, Austrian news magazine profil referred to him as the "Chancellor of hearts" and the Federal Railways he led as "the only state institution that flawlessly worked amidst the refugee crisis."

Half a year later, when on 9 May 2016 Chancellor Faymann resigned from all his posts, Kern was again named one of the candidates alongside Time Warner manager Gerhard Zeiler and former Siemens manager Brigitte Ederer. On a 12 May party session, the Social Democrats agreed on nominating Kern for the country's highest executive office. He was announced to be appointed the new chancellor by 17 May, and to be nominated as party chairman at the upcoming party congress on 25 June. Kern was sworn into office on 17 May by outgoing President Heinz Fischer.

At his first press conference, Kern called for a change in the style of cooperation within the coalition government, warning the two parties risked otherwise "disappearing from the screen". He reaffirmed his position that in the refugee crisis, Austria was right not to "leave women and children standing in the rain," while ensuring order and security.

In spite of his credentials as a manager, Kern's nomination of members of the party's left wing, Sonja Wehsely and Jörg Leichtfried as new ministers was interpreted as a turn towards the party's left. The appointment of Wehsely, who is known for her staunch pro-asylum course during the European migrant crisis, was however considered all too controversial, with political analyst Thomas Hofer referring to it as a declaration of war ("kleine Kampfansage") against conservative coalition partner ÖVP. Wehsely ultimately declined and decided she would stay city councillor in Vienna. At the time, observers expected Kern to follow the centrist examples of German chancellor Gerhard Schröder or Britain's Tony Blair, combining pro-business policies with a social conscience.

Kern appointed Muna Duzdar, a lawyer and chairwoman of the Palestininian-Austrian Society, as state secretary in the Chancellery, where she will be the first Muslim to hold a government post. The fact that Duzdar, who has previously come out as a sharp critic of Israel, will now be in charge of Jewish community affairs, irritated the Jewish community. According to The Jerusalem Post author Samuel Laster, Duzdar's appointment may however be considered a "signal of openness" for Kern who is "widely regarded as a friend of Israel."

Soon after taking office, Kern's government implemented several law-and-order measures, including a ban on Muslim face-covering veils and a tightening of immigration rules.

In June 2017, Kern criticized the draft of new U.S. sanctions against Russia that target EU–Russia energy projects, including Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. In a joint statement Kern and (Germany)'s foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said that "Europe's energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not for the United States of America."

In October 2017's snap general election, Kern's SPÖ got defeated by Sebastian Kurz' ÖVP. Kurz decided to form a coalition with the FPÖ. From December 2017 Kern was leader of the opposition.

In September 2018, Kern announced that he would resign as national party leader and instead run as top candidate for the Austrian Social Democrats in the European Parliament elections. However, he announced to resign from politics completely in October 2018. His successor as party leader is Pamela Rendi-Wagner and Andreas Schieder was presented as top candidate in the EU Parliament elections.


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