About: Sebastian Kurz

Future EU 31-10-2018

Commission regrets Austria’s decision not to sign the global migration pact

Austria will follow the United States and Hungary in backing out of a United Nations pact on migration over concerns that it will blur the line between legal and illegal migration, the right-wing government told media on Wednesday (31 October). The EU Commission regretted the decision. 
Elections 29-10-2018

Elections in Hesse: Austria’s Conservatives see confirmation of their political course

Germany and Austria elected new parliaments a year ago. Since then, the governing parties in both countries have progressed very differently, as the regional elections in Hesse illustrated once again. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 17-10-2018

A technical European Council to defuse tension

The European heads of state will meet in Brussels for three days. France is hoping to avoid reopening the eternal political debate surrounding migration and make progress on specific aspects, including Brexit – even though the final agreement is not ready. EURACTIV France reports.
Central Europe 16-10-2018

The Austrian view of the Bavarian election

Bavaria has voted. In neighbouring Austria, the result of this regional election is seen as providing confirmation of the political course taken in Austria after its own national elections last year. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 16-10-2018

EU says still time for Brexit deal as failure looms

British and European leaders insisted Monday (15 October) they could still reach a Brexit deal despite the latest failed round of divorce talks, but the EU warned a no-deal scenario was "more likely than ever before".
Central Europe 11-10-2018

Austria expresses concern at UN’s global compact for migration

190 states have agreed on a global compact for migration, which should be signed in December. However, some countries including Austria, have concerns. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 05-10-2018

Austrian Chancellor Kurz visits Russia

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz paid a visit to Russia on Wednesday (3 October), where, in his own words, he wants to act once again as a bridge builder, in coordination with Brussels. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Global Europe 04-10-2018

Global energy bosses send Trump a message: World needs Russian gas

Global energy bosses assembled in Moscow on Wednesday (3 October) said the world needs Russian gas to keep the lights on, in a clear message to US President Donald Trump who has warned he may impose sanctions on Russian gas export projects.
Politics 01-10-2018

Rendi-Wagner wants to move Austrian social democrats to the centre

In Austria, Pamela Rendi-Wagner is the new woman leading the social democrats. But what does the largely unknown doctor stand for? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Freedom of thought 27-09-2018

Kurz reacts after far-right-controlled ministry suggests muzzling press

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had to intervene Tuesday (25 September) in the wake of a reported suggestion from an interior ministry official that police should limit contact with three critical media to a minimum.
Brexit 18-09-2018

Clouds are gathering over the Salzburg summit

Brexit, internal security and immigration: the items on the agenda of the informal European Council summit in Salzburg on Thursday (20 September) could lead to lively discussions. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 13-09-2018

Vienna and Rome in clinch with UN over migration policy

The UN has taken the European migration policy in its sights, drawing a strong response from Vienna and Rome. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Politics 11-09-2018

EU-Africa Summit to be held in December

When talk turns to Africa, people like to talk about the need for a Marshall Plan. In order to move from talking to taking action, the Austrian presidency of the council is now planning an EU-Africa Summit. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Czech MEPs downplay V4 role in EU’s migration policy change

The EU is finally heading the way we are proposing in terms of migration policy, the Visegrád Group countries say. But two Czech MEPs point out that the V4’s contribution to the change may be limited and other factors should be considered as well.
Global Europe 28-08-2018

Austria FM defends Putin wedding invitation

Austria's foreign minister defended on Monday (27 August) the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding, denying she had been used by him after photos of the two dancing fueled questions about her neutrality.
Brexit 24-08-2018

Austria’s Kurz wants to help EU’s Barnier avoid a hard Brexit

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country holds the rotating European Union presidency, said on Thursday (23 August) he wanted to help the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator avoid a hard Brexit.
Future EU 23-08-2018

Putin defends ‘private’ trip to Austrian FM’s wedding

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (22 August) defended his appearance at the Austrian foreign minister's wedding after his dance with the bride caused a furore.
Elections 13-08-2018

Third night of anti-government protests in Romania

Thousands took part on Sunday (12 August) in the third night of protests in Bucharest against alleged government corruption, two days after a crackdown on a mass demonstration left hundreds injured.
Brexit 31-07-2018

UK foreign secretary to warn France, Austria of costs of no-deal Brexit

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will visit Paris and Vienna this week to discuss Brexit and warn of the costs to Britain and the European Union of failing to reach a transition deal, his office said on Tuesday.
Global Europe 06-07-2018

Right of asylum: Austria’s unsettling proposals to member states

According to an article by French daily Le Monde, Austria, which currently holds the  six-month rotating presidency of the EU, sent troubling proposals to EU member states to reform the right of asylum. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Brexit 05-07-2018

EU could agree to extend Brexit talks to avoid ‘no deal’, says Austria’s Kurz

Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has mooted the prospect of EU leaders agreeing to extend Article 50 talks with the UK in a bid to avoid a ‘no deal’ Brexit that analysts say would have a serious negative impact on the economy on both sides of the Channel.

Kurz pledges to shield Schengen as border dispute unfolds

Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz prioritised the protection of the external borders during his country's EU Presidency stint, in order to safeguard the Schengen area, as a recent deal between Germany’s conservative parties could lead to a resurrection of the bloc's internal borders.
Global Europe 03-07-2018

Austria kicks off EU Presidency with ‘a Europe that protects’

The first day of Austria's stint at the helm of the rotating EU Presidency already made clear that the next six months will be a diplomatic challenge for the country. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Future EU 02-07-2018

Austria takes control of the EU, focusing on immigration

The Austrian government (a mix of Christian-democrats and far-right eurosceptics) has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council with a programme focused on tackling immigration. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.