Friday January 17, 2020

Just who is Austria's new whizz-kid leader?

The election of slick-haired 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz shows that the right hasn't gone away you know

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

17th October, 2017
Austria's new leader Sebastian Kurz speaks to supporters at an event in Vienna following the general elections. Pic: Getty

As we wrote: “For Ireland, this [election] is critical. The French elections comes at a particularly tense time in the European Union, roiled by a crude populism that has deprived us of our main trading partner after the Brexit vote; has placed a dangerously protectionist president in the White House; and now threatens to destabilise European politics.

“Every vote now has effectively become a test of confidence in EU membership, and it makes the...

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