So the former German SPD chancellor gets a job in Russia, and now the former Austrian SPÖ chancellor gets a job in Russia
Funny how everyone wants to talk about about far-right connections with Russia, but yet there are few headlines mentioning who is chair of Nord Stream 2, Kern or generally soc-dem parties and their connections with Russia via business interests.

It's like Europeans aren't taking the Russian threat seriously at all. Someone remind me why we spend the most and carry NATO on our backs again?

[TheMoscowTimes] Russia’s state railway company appointed the former chancellor of Austria to its management board this week, continuing a trend of retired European politicians landing lucrative posts in Russia.

Christian Kern, 53, headed Austria’s national railway system before serving as chancellor of the central European nation from 2016-2017. Austria has been among a minority of EU member states that have called for the lifting of Western sanctions against Russia.

Kern’s name appears as an independent board member in a Russian Railways (RZhD) statement published Tuesday.

Kern is following in the footsteps of Gerhard Schroeder, the former German chancellor, who was appointed chairman of Russia’s oil giant Rosneft in 2017 while remaining chairman of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.
Posted by: Herb McCoy 2019-07-22