Alexander Schallenberg is the current Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria. Schallenberg studied law at the University of Vienna, the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas and the College of Europe. In 1997 he joined the diplomatic service of the Republic of Austria. He served as spokesperson to Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik and Michael Spindelegger, and held further functions in the diplomatic service including head of the Strategic Foreign Policy Planning Unit and head of the EU Affairs Section. From 2018 on, he served as head of the EU Coordination Section at the Federal Chancellery. In 2019, he was appointed Foreign Minister in the Austrian Federal Government of Brigitte Bierlein and remained in this function in the next governments. In October 2021 he became Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria for 6 weeks before returning to the post of Foreign Minister.