Why Austria’s Millennial Minister Sebastian Kurz Could be Dangerous

By Yaël Ossowski | Metropole Magazine On Saturday, July 1st, in a muted and highly uncontested leadership election in Linz, Austria, 30-year-old Sebastian Kurz secured 98.7 percent of the vote to head the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) before October’s elections. A mere three days later, the headlines surrounding Kurz were far less flattering. A scandal surrounding a study on religious kindergartens was added to whispers of flirtations with the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ).Austrian media had a field day. Well-dressed and speaking in a posh Viennese accent, the young Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration had unveiled his platform and […]

Austria’s millennial leader in waiting may surprise by embracing the far-right

By Yaël Ossowski  Last Saturday, in a muted and highly uncontested leadership election in Linz, Austria, 30-year-old Sebastian Kurz secured 98.7 percent of the vote to head the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) before October’s elections. Well-dressed and soft-spoken in a posh Viennese accent, the young Minister of Foreign Affairs and Integration unveiled his platform and strategy for earning the conservatives a majority in the Parliament and their first chance at the top spot in nearly ten years. The fall election came as a surprise to many, sparked by the May collapse of the “grand coalition” between the People’s Party and […]