About: Heinz Christian Strache

Elections 12-03-2018

Austria marks 80 years since Anchluss

Austria today (12 March) marks the 80th anniversary of its annexation by Nazi Germany, with the country's President Alexander Van der Bellen urging young people not to be "taken in" by neo-fascist and far-right ideologies.
Future EU 31-01-2018

Orban’s Vienna visit highlights Austria-Hungary comradeship

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said yesterday (30 January) that he aimed to ease east-west strains within the European Union, as his new right-wing government welcomed Hungary's incendiary Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Vienna.

What lies behind Kurz’s defence of the far-right FPÖ

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz intends for his government to be "measured by its actions", just as Angela Merkel said it should be. Nevertheless, the young leader still has some explaining to do when it comes to his coalition partners. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 09-01-2018

Austria wants to cut family benefits for children living abroad

The new Austrian government intends to cut family benefits for workers whose children live abroad. With this, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache started implementing their election campaign promises at the first meeting of their Council of Ministers. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 20-12-2017

EU bosses willing to give Austria’s new government a chance

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday (19 December) he had no bias against Austria's new government, which includes a far-right party, adding it would be judged on its actions. European Council counterpart Donald Tusk also withheld criticism.
Elections 19-12-2017

Austria’s new government takes power

After two months of coalition talks with the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, Austria's Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz on Monday (18 December) finally formed a government. Of the 16 members of his cabinet, only one has previously had government responsibility - Kurz himself. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 19-12-2017

Many police, few protesters as far right enters Austrian government

Hundreds of police sealed off part of central Vienna yesterday (18 December) as Austria became the only western European country with a far-right party in power, but protests against the swearing-in proved small and largely peaceful.
Elections 18-12-2017

In Prague, Europe’s far-right celebrates the Austrian coalition

Europe's far-right leaders including Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders on Saturday (16 December) hailed as "historic" the government coalition deal struck by their Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) peer with the conservatives.
Future EU 18-12-2017

EU silently accepts far-right in Austrian cabinet

Unlike in 2000, when the EU imposed sanctions on Austria in response to the entrance of the FPÖ into government, this time EU leaders and institutions silently accepted the coalition deal between the far-right force with the conservative ÖVP agreed on Friday (15 December).
Digital 28-11-2017

New cabinet wants to make Austria European role model in digitisation

When it comes to digitisation, the new Austrian government of Sebastian Kurz and Heinz-Christian Strache wants to become a European role model. There is even unanimity over the basic framework. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 23-10-2017

Austria’s Kurz hopes to form government by Christmas

Austria's likely next chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, wants talks over a new government to last no more than two months, he said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday (22 October).
Elections 19-10-2017

Austria’s far-right stakes claim to interior ministry ahead of coalition talks

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) yesterday (18 October) named control of the interior ministry as its price for joining a future coalition government following its strong showing in a parliamentary election.
Elections 15-09-2017

Austria’s ‘Wunderwuzzi’ on course for election win at just 31

Tall, tanned and only 31, Austria's rising political star Sebastian Kurz oozed confidence as he strode to blaring pop music into Graz's main square -- seemingly with good reason.
Elections 31-05-2017

Austrian Socialists on verge of breaking far-right coalition taboo

The Austrian Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) is on the verge of breaking a long-standing taboo on forming political alliances with the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 17-05-2017

Austria calls October election, far-right FPÖ could enter government

Austria's main parties agreed to hold an early parliamentary election on 15 October, Chancellor Christian Kern said yesterday (16 May), in a vote that might bring the far-right Freedom Party into government.
Global Europe 19-12-2016

Austria’s far-right FPÖ wants to be Putin-Trump go-between

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) offered on Monday (19 December) to act as a go-between for US President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after signing a cooperation agreement with Putin's party.
Elections 05-12-2016

European relief at Austrian far-right election defeat

Austrian voters have resoundingly rejected anti-immigration and eurosceptic Norbert Hofer's bid to become the European Union's first far-right president, a result greeted with relief from centrist politicians across the continent.
Elections 30-11-2016

Austria’s Jewish community makes unusual recommendation ahead of vote

Austria's Jewish community recommended yesterday (29 November) that voters back an independent candidate at Sunday’s election that could produce the first far-right president in the European Union - the first time it has ever declared an endorsement.
Elections 14-11-2016

Will Austrian presidential election be hit by the ‘Trump effect’?

Will the political situation in the United States have an impact on European elections? Austria's rerun of its presidential election could well provide the first acid test, ahead of crucial votes in France and Germany next year. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 09-11-2016

From shock to delight: Member state reactions to Trump’s victory

Donald Trump's victory in the US elections took most of the EU countries by surprise. A majority of leaders appeared apprehensive of the consequences, with the exception of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, for whom Trump’s election is “great news” and a proof that “democracy is still alive”. This article will be updated as reactions keep arriving.

Strache: ‘Most dangerous woman in Europe’ Merkel has made civil war ‘not unlikely’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced renewed criticism from the leader of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, who has once again tried to drum up support through angry and exaggerated rhetoric.  EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 01-08-2016

Right wing nationalist set to win rerun Austrian presidential race

Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer has widened his lead in a Gallup poll ahead of October’s repeat election for the Austrian presidency.
Brexit 01-07-2016

Austrian far right gets election defeat annulled

Austria's presidential run-off election must be held again, the country's Constitutional Court ruled on Friday (1 July), handing the Freedom Party's narrowly defeated candidate another chance to become the first far-right head of state in the European Union.
Elections 09-06-2016

FPÖ insistent on pursuing legal challenge against election result

In the Austrian presidential election, there were abnormalities when it came to how the postal votes were counted. The Freedom Party (FPÖ) has gone as far as to say the vote was rigged. But it appears that the extreme-right party is making mountains out of molehills. EURACTIV Germany reports.