About: Sebastian Kurz

Elections 13-09-2021

EPP bureau meets in Berlin as German election upheaval looms

Held in Berlin, the European People's Party (EPP) bureau meeting was unusually tense this year as the European Parliament’s largest political party risks losing control of the EU’s largest state, Germany.
Global Europe 08-09-2021

Czech PM says ‘no place’ for Afghan refugees in Europe

There is no place for Afghan refugees in the European Union which should instead help them to stay in their homeland, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Tuesday (7 September).
Global Europe 17-08-2021

Austria calls for ‘deportation centres’ to host Afghans near Afghanistan

Austria, which has insisted that it plans to keep deporting illegal immigrants back to Afghanistan even as the Taliban seized Kabul, on Monday (16 August) suggested setting up "deportation centres" in nearby countries as an alternative.

Is Austria facing its own Orbán moment?

The 'Orbánisation' of Austria has become a standing term in the Austrian political discourse. But what is behind the allegations about vanishing media and judiciary independence in the Alpine republic?
Global Europe 25-06-2021

France, Germany drop plans for Russia summit after EU outcry

European Union leaders failed to agree on a proposal by France and Germany to hold a summit soon with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Poland and Baltic countries said it would send the wrong message as East-West ties deteriorate. After...
Coronavirus 17-03-2021

Commission defends itself amid accusations of unfair vaccine distributions

The European Commission has addressed the accusations of unfair distributions of COVID vaccines levied against it by member states this week, pointing out that some countries opted not to take up all the vaccines made available to them.
Health 17-03-2021

Six EU states demand vaccine ‘correction mechanism’

Six central and eastern European Union heads of government urged Brussels on Tuesday (16 March) to find a "correction mechanism" to fix what they called the unfair distribution of coronavirus vaccines within the bloc.
Coronavirus 12-03-2021

Austria’s Chancellor Kurz accuses EU of foul play in vaccine distribution

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz accused the EU on Friday (12 March) of unfairly distributing COVID-19 vaccines among member states, highlighting that certain EU countries have several times more vaccines than others.
Global Europe 05-03-2021

Israel, Denmark, Austria agree deal for vaccine development

Leaders from Israel, Austria and Denmark announced Thursday (4 March) in Jerusalem an alliance for the development and production of future generation coronavirus vaccines, a deal that has already sparked criticism in Europe.
Global Europe 04-03-2021

Israeli critics warn EU against legitimising Palestinian ‘vaccination apartheid’

A group of prominent Israelis have warned Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz not to cooperate with Israel on vaccines, citing what they termed vaccination “apartheid” vis-à-vis the country’s Palestinian population.
Coronavirus 01-12-2020

WHO urges countries to ‘look very, very carefully’ at ski season plans

The World Health Organisation (WHO) urged nations on Monday (30 November) to carefully consider the coming ski season's risks, as Switzerland runs lifts and Austria mulls following suit while Germany, Italy and France shutter mountain operations to slow the pandemic.
Politics 13-11-2020

Tweets of the Week: Covid Vaccine, Imam Schools, MEP in a Bus

Covid vaccine hope is a major stock market plus, Michel’s EU school for imams causes a fuss, and an outraged MEP doesn’t want to take the bus. 

France pushes for joint European response to terrorism threat

Several key EU leaders, including France and Germany, promised at a mini-summit on Tuesday (10 November) to renew efforts to fight Islamist terrorism, calling for a reform of the Schengen area and measures against foreign fighters.

Macron hosts video summit on terror response

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Tuesday (10 November) host a video summit about an EU-wide response to recent attacks in Europe blamed on Islamist radicals, his office said.
Global Europe 04-11-2020

Austria’s Kurz urges EU to do more to fight ‘political Islam’

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called on the European Union Tuesday (3 November) to do more to fight "political Islam", which he said represented a grave threat to European values.

Gunmen kill four in ‘Islamist terror attack’ in Vienna, manhunt launched

Gunmen attacked six locations in central Vienna starting outside the main synagogue, killing two people and injuring at least 17 in what Austria called a “repulsive terror attack” while hunting one or more assailants on the loose.
Coronavirus 02-11-2020

Austria to enter ‘partial’ November lockdown

Austria's government will impose a second "partial lockdown" for November, forcing restaurants to close but allowing the retail and services sector to remain open. A night curfew from 8pm will also be implemented. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 13-10-2020

Indepent report on COVID hotspot Ischgl slams Austrian government’s handling

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl became the European epicentre of coronavirus infections in March. The local government there has denied any responsibility, but a new independent commission report begs to differ. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Pompeo in Prague at start of central Europe visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Prague on Tuesday (11 August), public TV footage showed, to open a five-day visit to central Europe with a hefty agenda including China's role in 5G network construction.
20-07-2020

Budget Summit: How it happened

EU leaders are under pressure to reach a deal on the next Multiannual Financial Framework and the Recovery Fund as they are heading into their fourth day of negotiations.
Economy & Jobs 24-06-2020

Wirecard Scandal: Former CEO Markus Braun let out on bail

Almost €2 billion are missing from the balance sheets of Wirecard, a German financial services provider. Markus Braun, CEO of the company until last week, was released on bail on Tuesday afternoon (23 June) after a night in custody. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Merkel on EU Recovery Fund: ‘The bridges we have to build are large’

The European Council summit ended on Friday (19 June) without agreement on the EU recovery fund. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that she wants to act quickly, and the next round of negotiations is scheduled for mid-July. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 27-05-2020

Taming the ‘Frugal Four’: the challenge facing the German Presidency

The European Commission has presented its proposal for a recovery fund as part of the draft EU budget. Now the member states must be convinced, a task that will fall on Berlin when Germany takes over the EU Council Presidency in July, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 25-05-2020

‘Frugal Four’ present counter-plan to Macron-Merkel EU recovery scheme

The "Frugal Four" (Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden) presented their own draft for an EU recovery fund in a 'non-paper' sent to the EU capitals on Saturday (23 May). The most important point: aid money must be repaid. EURACTIV Germany reports.