Andreas Wabl

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Andreas Wabl (born February 28, 1951 in Graz ) is an Austrian politician ( Greens ). From 1986 to 1999 he was a member of the Austrian National Council , from 1988 to 1990 chairman of the parliamentary club of the Greens and from August 2007 to November 2008 the climate protection officer of Federal Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer .


Andreas Wabl has four brothers, including the politician Martin Wabl and the microbiologist Matthias Wabl . After primary school, Andreas Wabl attended a general secondary school, which he completed with the Matura . He then graduated from the Pedagogical Academy in Klagenfurt . After completing his training, Wabl worked as a laborer, temporary worker in the post and telegraph administration, agricultural worker, elementary school teacher and part-time farmer.

Political activity

Wabl began his political activity as a councilor for Großklein (from 1985 to 1987). In addition, from 1985 he was managing director of the Austrian Alternative List (ALÖ), one of the two predecessor parties of the later Greens. As a result of the 1986 National Council election , Wabl was one of the eight first Greens to move into the Austrian National Council, of which he was a member until 1999. From 1988 to 1990 he was also chairman of the Green Parliamentary Club and from 1996 to 1999 chairman of the parliamentary audit committee.

Wabl gained notoriety through provocative and controversial actions, among other things. For example, when he on 14 May 1987 in a speech to the National Council a swastika flag drew from his pocket in order to statements by the then Federal President Kurt Waldheim to note that in his past Wehrmacht had said so, during the Second World War "merely his duty ”to have done (see Waldheim affair ). In August 1988 he accused the Kronen Zeitung of “Nazi journalism” and was sued for omission. At the end of a protracted legal dispute, the European Court of Human Rights finally ruled in March 2000 in favor of the newspaper. On June 9, 1996, in the course of a parliamentary debate , he showed the then FPÖ chairman Jörg Haider the outstretched middle finger after he had called him “Wappler” (coll. For “idiot”).

In December 2007 he became the federal government's climate protection officer. The task of Wabls was to represent the Chancellor in the Climate and Energy Fund, as well as to coordinate the future annual climate protection summit. In this function, he should be available as a contact for non-governmental organizations and interest groups , scientists and interested citizens. His contract was terminated at the end of November 2008 by the newly elected Chancellor Werner Faymann . After Wabl had announced legal steps against this termination, the contract was terminated by mutual agreement in March 2009, combined with an additional payment of three monthly salaries totaling 6,300 euros.

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  1. ^ Andreas Wabl - portrait - Wiener Zeitung Online. In: Retrieved March 22, 2016 .
  2. Martin Wabl calls Kampusch as a witness. In: Archived from the original on June 16, 2016 .;
  3. Lopatka: In the morning journal interview there was talk of the red-green Martin Wabl - ÖVP federal party leadership, August 3, 2015. In: Retrieved March 22, 2016 .
  4. European Court of Human Rights: Case of Andreas Wabl v. Austria (Application no. 24773/94) - Judgment ( Memento of September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ). Strasbourg, March 21, 2000