Old parties, New Cabinet, tough government programme


A new/old Cabinet was sworn in yesterday in Austria some 78 days after the 29th September general election. The former ruling parties, the Social Democrats (SPOe) and the Christian Democrats (OeVP) are back in power with a new Grand Coalition albeit with a reduced mandate.

Most ministers have retained their old posts, but the main news story was around the appointment of 27-year-old Sebastian Kurz; he will become Europe’s youngest ever Foreign Minister.

The two parties had struggled to agree on a government programme and the final announcement only came through last Friday. The programme will see the parties having to face new austerity measures in order to reign in a flagging economy. You can find the full government programme in German here.

The new Cabinet as published on the Austrian government website is as follows:

Werner Faymann Federal Chancellor
Michael Spindelegger Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance
Andrä Rupprechter Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Gerald Klug Minister of Defence and Sports
Reinhold Mitterlehner Minister of Economy, Family and Youth and Federal Minister of Science and Research
Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek Minister for Education, Arts and Culture
Sebastian Kurz Minister for European and International Affairs
Alois Stöger Minister of Health
Johanna Mikl-Leitner Minister of the Interior
Wolfgang Brandstetter Minister of Justice
Rudolf Hundstorfer Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection
Doris Bures Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Sophie Karmasin Minister without portfolio
Josef Ostermayer Minister within the Federal Chancellery

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