The head of Austria’s railway system took over as the country’s chancellor on May 17. He has pledged to shake up a coalition government that has seen popular support erode amid worries over immigration and rising unemployment.

As reported by The Financial Times, Christian Kern succeeds Werner Faymann, who resigned after losing the support of the centre-left Social Democratic party.

Kern, chief executive of the ÖBB railway network since 2010, is allied with the Social Democrats but rose to ...

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