About: Sebastian Kurz

Global Europe 23-04-2018

Erdogan: Austria will ‘pay a price’ for banning Turkish campaigning

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Saturday (21 April) criticised Austria for planning to ban any possible campaigning for the June elections, saying that countries attempting to undermine his country's democratic struggle would "pay a price".
Future EU 19-04-2018

Kurz: Austrian EU Presidency to focus on China

During its July-December EU Presidency, Austria wants to set its own focus on China. To prepare for this, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz paid a visit to the Middle Kingdom. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Global Europe 16-04-2018

Kurz promotes continuation of Syria talks in Vienna

After the recent escalation in the Syrian conflict, the Austrian government is launching an initiative to resume the Syria talks that launched in Vienna in 2015. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Future EU 16-03-2018

Austria’s high hopes for Merkel 4.0

Good for Europe – this is how political observers in Austria comment on the election of Angela Merkel as the German Chancellor. Especially in European affairs, there are high hopes. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Future EU 14-03-2018

Austria’s roadmap for its upcoming EU presidency

Brexit, the EU budget and security will be the three major priorities when Austria takes over the EU presidency in the second half of 2018, in what will be the final full presidency before all-important elections in May 2019. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
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.

Austria plans to put immigration and borders at heart of EU presidency

Austria plans to use its upcoming presidency of the European Union this year to shift the bloc's focus from resettling refugees within the EU towards keeping further waves of migrants outside the bloc's external borders, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday (9 March).
Central Europe 01-02-2018

Austria opts for dialogue with the Visegrád four

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is an irritation to many EU politicians. However, it is becoming clear that the new Austrian government relies on dialogue and wants to fulfil a "bridging function". EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
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.

Austrian far-right orders ‘border protection unit’

Austria's new far-right interior minister was quoted as saying yesterday (18 January) that he has ordered the creation of a "border protection unit" in case of a major new influx of migrants, like the one in 2015.
Future EU 19-01-2018

Austria and Germany: An old quarrel that never dies

During the refugee crisis, Austria's then foreign minister and now Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has emerged as a fierce Merkel critic. During his inaugural visit to Berlin this week, it became clear that their differences aren't going anywhere, writes EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel.
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

Power limited for Austrian foreign minister, fan of Bruno Kreisky, critic of Juncker

Austria's new Freedom Party foreign minister, Karin Kneissl, is a Middle East and international law expert who stated her priority as enforcing national interests, not just "rubber-stamping" EU positions.
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.
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 20-11-2017

Austria makes progress in government formation

Unlike in Germany, Austrian coalition negotiations have progressed much further. The FPÖ insists on an "equal footing" in the talks, while the ÖVP wants to have everything signed, sealed and delivered before the Christmas break. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 02-11-2017

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz – conservative and pro-European

With Sebastian Kurz, the EU can count on a pro-European partner in the new Austrian government. And expect a policy that is based on conservative values, but also willing to reform. 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.
Future EU 16-10-2017

EU holds breath after Austrian vote

Reactions from the European Commission and Council presidents are still pending following the early parliamentary elections held in Austria on Sunday (15 October), the nightmare outcome of which could be a coalition between the centre-right and the far-right.