Tag:Sebastian Kurz

Having a Tough Time With German? You’re Not Alone

Although few argue with the importance of mastering German, the system needs to change – children of immigrants in Austria rarely receive the support they need.
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After Ibiza | Older, But None the Wiser

A year ago the infamous video was released: it showed the then Vice-Chancellor H-C Strache promising lucrative state contracts for other favors. What was at first a political embarrassment has now sparked a broader corruption investigation.

Emergency Power Binge | Will Kurz Be Able to Kick the Habit?

The Corona crisis justified a package of extraordinary measures that limit basic freedoms. Watchdogs are worried that the government may be reluctant to give up these powers as the pandemic recedes.

Party Manifestos | What the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) Wants for Austria

The 46-page SPÖ manifesto focuses on health, work, education, infrastructure and protecting the climate – but also contains some bold policy proposals.

Party Manifestos | What the Liberal Party (NEOS) Wants for Austria

the party’s 80-pages manifesto focuses on protecting the climate and sustainability, alongside long-term NEOS topics such as education, a pension reform and more transparency for parties and state authorities.

Party Manifestos | What the Green Party Wants for Austria

Led into the 2019 elections by long-time politician Werner Kogler, the fight against climate change and for sustainability takes center stage in the Green party manifesto.

Party Manifestos | What the Liste JETZT Wants for Austria

The list led by former Green MP Peter Pilz seems unlikely to make it into parliament this time. The central idea of the Liste JETZT is better control of the government.

Party Manifestos | What the Small Parties Want for Austria

Seven smaller parties are also running in the 2019 parliamentary elections, but only two – Wandel and the KPÖ – made it onto the national ballot.

Party Manifestos | What the Liberal Party (NEOS) Wants for Austria

the party’s 80-pages manifesto focuses on protecting the climate and sustainability, alongside long-term NEOS topics such as education, a pension reform and more transparency for parties and state authorities.

#Schreddergate – Kurz‘ Social Media Manager Secretly Destroys Hard Drives

Shortly after the Ibiza video was published, an employee of the former Kurz-cabinet shredded several hard disks under a false name at a digital security firm.

Kurz No Longer Chancellor, Government Dismissed

+++ Breaking News, May 27, 16:20 +++ The vote of no confidence went through. Sebastian Kurz is no longer Chancellor of Austria.   The End of...

Creeping Message Control

Recent government moves appear to be aimed at restricting official data collection and distribution. The opposition sees this as unwarranted interfere...

No to Foreign Funding for Mosques

The controversial “Islam Law” has received a stamp of approval from Austria’s Constitutional Court (VfGH), who said it raised “no constitutional conce...

Back to Black

For the first time since 1945, the city of Salzburg has turned from Red to a new silky Black. With 37% of the vote and a doubling of their council se...

The Return of the Jihadi

When two Viennese girls who had left in 2014 as 14 year-olds to join ISIS in Syria announced they wanted to come home, front page coverage in the Boul...

Deportation Instead of Training

Come if You Can Cook "The law" as Charles Dickens' Mr. Bumble sagely observed "is an ass." Austria's economy is currently desperately short of ski...

Opernball 2019

Vienna’s 63rd Opernball (Opera ball) once again attracted thousands to Vienna's Staatsoper on February 28. The traditional high point of the city’s...

“You’re a Young Guy” | Kurz Meets Trump

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz described his meeting with United States president Donald Trump Wednesday as “very disputatious” in an interview wi...

The Sebastian Kurz Show

They love him or they hate him: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is more notorious across Europe than most of his predecessors. Now he is taking ove...

Opinion | The Empty Promises of Sebastian Kurz

Regardless of what you think of the “New ÖVP,” the hype around its leader Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s millennial foreign minister and likely new chancel...

Austria’s Projected National Election Results

Despite the ÖVP being the big winner, this year’s election has some surprises in store Austrians cast their votes in National elections on Sunday...

Why Austria’s Millennial Minister Sebastian Kurz Could be Dangerous

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 ...

Special Report | The Post-Partisan Politics of Sebastian Kurz

The ascent of Austria’s 30-year-old Foreign Minister marks a dramatic departure in the country’s politics, reflecting an important shift across Europe...

Opinion | Kurz the Boy Wonder

When Sebastian Kurz was asked to be State Secretary for Integration in 2011, he was 24 years old. It was a new position, and then-ÖVP party chairman...

Eyewitness: Kurz Takes Over the OSCE

As chairmanship revolves to Austria, we listened to what Foreign Minister Kurz sees as the biggest challenges I arrived unreasonably early on a c...