Christine Aschbacher
Austrian Minister of Labour, Family and Youth
In office
7 January 2020 – 9 January 2021
ChancellorSebastian Kurz
Preceded byInes Stilling
Personal details
Born (1983-07-10) 10 July 1983 (age 37)
Wundschuh, Styria, Austria
Political partyAustrian People's Party

Christine Aschbacher (born July 10, 1983) is an Austrian People's Party politician who served in the Second Kurz government as Minister of Labour, Family and Youth between January 2020 and January 2021.[1][2]

Early life and education

Aschbacher was born in Wundschuh, a small town in Styria.[3] She studied Management, Organizational Consulting and Human Resources Management as well as Marketing and Sales, receiving a master's degree in 2006. She began doctoral studies in Industrial Engineering and Management at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava in 2011 and received the PhD from Bratislava in August of 2020.[4]

Professional activities

She worked for Piewald Management Training from 2003 to 2006, and then (2006-2012) as a consultant at Capgemini Consulting. She served on the team of Maria Fekter (Minister of Finance) from June, 2012 to December, 2013. 2014 she led the department of Risk Management. From October, 2014 to May, 2015 she served on the staff of Reinhold Mitterlehner in the Ministry for Education, Research and Economics. She opened the Aschbacher Advisory Agency in September of 2015.[5]


Christine Aschbacher is married and has three children. Her sister Barbara Walch was elected Mayor of Wundschuh in 2019. Their father, Alois Kowald, was mayor of Neudorf ob Wildon and her uncle Josef Kowald was a member of the Styrian state parliament.[6]

Political career

Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz appointed Aschbacher to his cabinet in January 2020; she resigned after twelve months in office.[1]

Plagiarism scandal and resignation

On January 7, 2021, plagiarism researcher Stefan Weber exposed serious errors and plagiarism in Aschbacher's master's thesis, submitted to a college in Wiener Neustadt where she had been enrolled from 2002 to 2006.[7][8] It soon became clear that the thesis was not only heavily plagiarized; other parts were written in rambling, grammatically incorrect German. The same was true of the doctoral dissertation which she submitted to a Slovak university while serving as minister in 2020.[9] On 9 January 2021, Aschbacher resigned from her post as minister.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b Ettinger, Karl. "Noch eine Frau für neue Regierung: Steirerin wird ÖVP-Familienministerin". Österreich Politik - Nachrichten - Wiener Zeitung Online (in German). Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ Nachrichten, Salzburger. "Christine Aschbacher - Ministerin für Vereinbarkeit". (in German). Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  3. ^ Nachrichten, Salzburger. "Christine Aschbacher - Ministerin für Vereinbarkeit". (in German). Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 11 January 2021.
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  7. ^ "Massive Vorwürfe gegen Diplomarbeit von Ministerin Aschbacher", issued 2021-01-07 and accessed 2021-01-08
  8. ^ Stefan Weber: "Plagiate, falsche Zitate, mangelnde Deutschkenntnisse: Diplomarbeit der österreichischen Ministerin Christine Aschbacher unterbietet alle wissenschaftlichen Standards", dated 2021-01-07, accessed 2021-01-08.
  9. ^ Jan Michael Marchart: "Die wissenschaftliche Katastrophe um Ministerin Aschbacher weitet sich aus", Der Standard, issued 9 January 2021, accessed 10 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Austrian minister resigns amid thesis plagiarism scandal". The Guardian. AFP. 9 January 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Arbeitsministerin Aschbacher tritt nach Plagiatsvorwürfen zurück -". DER STANDARD (in German). Retrieved 9 January 2021.