Viktor Oberhauser


Viktor Oberhauser

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Official portrait of Viktor Oberhauser
Chancellor of Werania
In office
16th October 2014 – 8th June 2019
DeputyVeronika Althammer
Preceded byEllis Koopmann
Succeeded byOtto von Hößlin
Leader of the Social Democratic Radical Party of Werania
In office
16th October 2014 – 8th June 2019
Preceded byEllis Koopmann
Succeeded byTBA
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Euclean Relations
In office
4th May 2011 – 16th October 2014
ChancellorEllis Koopmann
Preceded bySiegfried Lübeck
Succeeded byKlaus Barchmann
Personal details
Born (1962-10-20) October 20, 1962 (age 57)
Weisstadt, Cislania, Werania
Political partySocial Democratic Radical Party of Werania
Spouse(s)Annkathrin Hahnen
Alma materImperial Academy of Weisstadt
Gofberg University

Viktor Oberhauser (born 20th October 1962, aged 57) is a Weranian politician who served as the Chancellor of Werania from October 2014 to June 2019. He was also the leader of the centre-left Social Democratic Radical Party of Werania (SPRO) during that time period and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Euclean Relations from 2011 to 2014.

Oberhauser began his political career working as the chief of staff for Chancellor Wolfgang Löscher, serving in the role from 1992 to 1995. He was elected to the Volkstag in the 1995 election. In the cabinet of Ellis Koopmann from 2011-2014 being considered one of the more able members of the government, being personally popular. After Koopmann presided over two defeats in the 2013 Herrstag and 2014 Euclean elections Oberhauser became seen by the SRPO as a more able Chancellor and in October challenged Koopmann for the leadership. He was elected and led the SRPO into the 2015 election, forming a coalition with the SRPO, Modern Centre Party and the Sotirian Democratic Homeland.

Oberhauser's government continued fiscal discipline but also saw a raise in the minimum wage and an expansion of the social safety net. Oberhauser also promoted a pro-immigration policy and supported LGBT+ and minority rights. However his government also saw a rise in violent crime which he was harshly criticised for as well as several corruption scandals. Oberhauser was also seen to rely heavily on spin doctors.

In 2019 Oberhauser's government lost the federal election with the SRPO gaining their worst result in their history. Oberhauser subsequently resigned as SRPO leader and from politics in general, taking up corporate positions instead.

Oberhauser is noted for being from the reformist wing of the SPRO, being more supportive of "third way" political positions.

Early life

Hylkema was born in 1962 in the city of Weisstadt to a middle-class Catholic family, with his father Konrad working as a diplomat and his mother Angela a secondary school teacher. He initially studied History at the Imperial Academy of Weisstadt from 1980, but dropped out in 1982 studying political science at Gofberg University. He graduated with a masters in the subject in 1987.

Political career

After graduation Oberhauser joined the Social Democratic Radical Party of Werania (SPRO) and worked as a correspondent for the right-wing tabloid the Daily Herald. In 1990 he left the Herald to work for the SPRO in its campaign office during the 1991 general election. Following the election Oberhauser was appointed to work for SPRO leader and Chancellor Wolfgang Löscher, becoming Löscher's Deputy Chief Communications Officer in 1992. In his role as communications officer Oberhauser brought connections with right-wing tabloids that he had cultivated during his three years at the Daily Herald, leading to the government to adopt a more right-wing tone as its popularity sank in the face of a reinvigorated National Consolidation Party. Oberhauser was seen in this period as being "indispensable" in persuading the left-wing of the SPRO to approve of several privatisations and budget cuts undertaken during the Löscher government.

In 1995 the government narrowly secured re-election but when into coalition with the socialist Weranic Section of the Workers' International. Oberhauser was elected as a Volkstag member in this election but his links with right-wing tabloids meant he was deemed unsuitable to continue working for the press office as the government took on a more left-wing tone.

Chancellor

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Economy

EC integration

Foreign affairs

Multiculturalism

Personal life