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Sebastian Kurz

Austrian politician, federal chancellor of Austria (2017-2019)

Sebastian Kurz (born 27 August 1986) is an Austrian politician. He was the Chancellor of Austria from 18 December 2017 to 28 May 2019. He was the world's youngest chancellor.

Sebastian Kurz
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Chancellor of Austria
In office
18 December 2017 – 28 May 2019
PresidentAlexander Van der Bellen
Preceded byChristian Kern (SPÖ)
Succeeded byBrigitte Bierlein
Leader of the Austrian People's Party
Assumed office
1 July 2017
Acting: 15 May 2017 – 1 July 2017
Preceded byReinhold Mitterlehner
Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
In office
1 January 2017 – 18 December 2017
Preceded byFrank-Walter Steinmeier
Succeeded byKarin Kneissl
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
16 December 2013 – 18 December 2017
ChancellorWerner Faymann
Christian Kern
Preceded byMichael Spindelegger
Succeeded byKarin Kneissl
Personal details
Born (1986-08-27) 27 August 1986 (age 33)
Vienna, Austria
Political partyAustrian People's Party (ÖVP)
Domestic partnerSusanne Thier[1]
Alma materUniversity of Vienna
Nickname(s)"Wunderwuzzi"[2]

He was Austria's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Integration from 2013 to 2017. He became Europe's youngest Foreign Minister at the age of 27.[3] In May 2017 he became the chairman of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP).

Following the 2017 legislative election, the ÖVP led by Kurz secured the most seats in the National Council, leaving it in a position to lead the next government.[4]

As Chancellor he has been leading the federal government consisting of a coalition of the ÖVP and FPÖ parties since December 18, 2017.[5] He was removed from office on 28 May 2019 by President Alexander Van der Bellen following a political scandal.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Sie will keine Brigitte Macron sein". Süddeutsche Zeitung. 16 October 2017.
  2. "Meet the 31-year-old conservative poised to become Austria's new chancellor". Vox. 16 October 2017.
  3. "Austria swears in EU's youngest foreign minister Sebastian Kurz". BBC News. 16 December 2013.
  4. "Austria election results: Far-right set to enter government as conservatives top poll". The Independent. 16 October 2017.
  5. Sebastian Kurz gets approval for coalition with Austrian far right. Politico. 17 December 2017.
  6. "Löger nun Interimskanzler". orf.at (in German). Retrieved 2019-05-27.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Sebastian Kurz at Wikimedia Commons