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Ursula Plassnik
Ursula Plassnik

Ursula Plassnik (born May 23, 1956 in Klagenfurt) is an Austrian diplomat and politician. She has been Foreign Minister of Austria since October 2004. Image File history File links U_Plassnik_II.jpg Ursula Plassnik at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales on September 1, 2005. ... Image File history File links U_Plassnik_II.jpg Ursula Plassnik at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales on September 1, 2005. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lindwurm Brunnen in the center of Klagenfurt Klagenfurt (Slovenian Celovec) is the capital of the federal state of Carinthia (German Kärnten; Slovenian Koróška), in Austria, on the Glan river. ... A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... A minister for foreign affairs, or foreign minister, is a cabinet minister who helps form the governmental foreign policy of a sovereign nation. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Plassnik is from the Austrian state of Carinthia and grew up in a social democratic family. 1971 to 1972 she was exchange student at the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, USA. She received a law degree from the University of Vienna in 1977 and worked thereafter in different positions in the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs until 1997. Until that time she was considered to be politically neutral or even social-democratic. July 1, 1997 she was chosen by Wolfgang Schüssel, who was Austrian vice-chancellor at that time, to become his cabinet chief. In 2000 she refused an offer to work for the Council of Europe in order to stay in Austria and help Wolfgang Schüssel when he became Austrian Chancellor in a coalition government with the Austrian Freedom Party. She is considered to be a close friend and confidante to Schüssel. She remained cabinet chief in Schüssel's government until January 15, 2004, then she served as Austria's ambassador to Switzerland. Carinthia (German Kärnten) is an Austrian state or Land, located in the south of Austria. ... Social democracy is a political ideology emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from supporters of Marxism who believed that the transition to a socialist society could be achieved through democratic evolutionary rather than revolutionary means. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... This article may not give enough verifiable information about the subject, or may not sufficiently explain its importance. ... Middleburg is a town located in Loudoun County, Virginia. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The University of Vienna (German: Universität Wien) in Austria was founded in 1365 by Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria and hence named Alma Mater Rudolphina. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wolfgang Schüssel Wolfgang Schüssel (born on June 7, 1945 in Vienna, Austria) is a Christian Democratic Austrian politician. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The Palace of Europe in Strasbourg European Flag: used by the Council of Europe and by the European Union The Council of Europe (French: Conseil de lEurope , German: Europarat /ˌɔɪ.ˈro. ... Wolfgang Schüssel Wolfgang Schüssel (born on June 7, 1945 in Vienna, Austria) is a Christian Democratic Austrian politician. ... The Austrian Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, abbreviated to FPÖ) is an Austrian political party usually associated with the name of Jörg Haider. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


She was appointed foreign minister on October 18, 2004, and sworn in on October 20 succeeding Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who resigned to become a European commissioner. She joined the Austrian People's Party not until this offer to become foreign minister. October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... Benita Ferrero-Waldner Benita Ferrero-Waldner (born September 5, 1948) is the European Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and an Austrian diplomat and politician. ... The Austrian Peoples Party (de:Österreichische Volkspartei, or ÖVP) is an Austrian political party. ...


Plassnik has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Georg Posch, a social democrat politician. Her second marriage was to Swiss diplomat Gerard Stoudman. The Social Democratic Party of Austria (Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs, SPÖ) is a political party in Austria. ...


She tends to stand out at diplomatic meetings due to her great height; she is exactly 6 feet 3 inches tall (190.5 centimeters). Human height, or stature, is the height of a human being. ...

Preceded by:
Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Foreign Minister of Austria
2004 – present
Incumbent
Foreign Ministers of Austria
Austrian First Republic: Victor Adler | Otto Bauer | Karl Renner | Michael Mayr | Johann Schober | Walter Breisky | Leopold Hennet | Alfred Grünberger | Heinrich Mataja | Rudolf Ramek | Ignaz Seipel | Ernst Streeruwitz | Johann Schober | Ignaz Seipel | Johann Schober | Karl Buresch | Engelbert Dollfuß | Stephan Tauschitz | Egon Berger-Waldenegg | Kurt Schuschnigg | Guido Schmidt | Wilhelm Wolf
Austrian Second Republic: Karl Gruber | Leopold Figl | Bruno Kreisky | Lujo Tončić-Sorinj | Kurt Waldheim | Rudolf Kirchschläger | Erich Bielka | Willibald Pahr | Erwin Lanc | Leopold Gratz | Peter Jankowitsch | Alois Mock | Wolfgang Schüssel | Benita Ferrero-Waldner | Ursula Plassnik

 
 

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