Androsch, Hannes - from Austria

ID: 234618
Organization: ECFR
Country of meeting: in the year 2018

Entrepreneur as well as former politician (SPÖ) and former tax consultant. Androsch was a member of the National Council from 1967 to 1981, Austrian Finance Minister from 1970 to 1981 and Vice Chancellor under Bruno Kreisky from 1976 to 1981.

The "aspiring young star", who became a minister at the age of 32, and the "Sun King" (according to the media about the two politicians) often had different opinions. Androsch and his friends would have liked to have seen Kreisky as Federal President and Androsch as Federal Chancellor Kreisky and his friends wanted to eliminate the dangerous competitor, but had to fear his popularity.

In the end, Kreisky took offence at a situation that had existed for more than ten years: the Minister of Finance was also the owner or partner of a tax consulting firm that received orders from state-owned companies, among others. Incompatibility was now claimed: Androsch had to resign all his political functions in 1980.

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