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Sebastian Kurz
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Kurz in 2018
Chancellor of Austria
In office
7 January 2020 – 11 October 2021
President Alexander Van der Bellen
Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler
Preceded by Brigitte Bierlein
Succeeded by Alexander Schallenberg
In office
18 December 2017 – 28 May 2019
President Alexander Van der Bellen
Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache
Hartwig Löger
Preceded by Christian Kern
Succeeded by Brigitte Bierlein
Chairman of the People's Party
Assumed office
14 May 2017
Secretary-General Karl Nehammer
Preceded by Reinhold Mitterlehner
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
16 December 2013 – 18 December 2017
Chancellor Werner Faymann
Christian Kern
Preceded by Michael Spindelegger
Succeeded by Karin Kneissl
Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
In office
1 January 2017 – 18 December 2017
Secretary General Lamberto Zannier
Thomas Greminger
Preceded by Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Succeeded by Karin Kneissl
Personal details
Born (1986-08-27) 27 August 1986 (age 35)
Meidling, Vienna, Austria
Political party People's Party (2003–present)
Domestic partner Susanne Thier
Parents
  • Elisabeth Döller
  • Josef Kurz
Residence Meidling, Vienna
Education GRG 12 Erlgasse (Matura)
Signature Sebastian Kurz Signature.svg
Website
Military service
Allegiance  Austria
Branch/service Bundesheer
Years of service October 2004 – June 2005
Stationed at Maria-Theresien-Kaserne

Sebastian Kurz ( born 27 August 1986) is an Austrian politician currently serving as chairman and parliamentary leader of the Austrian People's Party. He was twice chancellor of Austria, initially from December 2017 to May 2019 and then a second time from January 2020 to October 2021. For about four years, Kurz was the youngest head of government in the world as well as the youngest chancellor in Austrian history, being first elected into office at age 31.

Kurz was born and raised in Meidling, Vienna. In 2004, he graduated from the GRG 12 Erlgasse and completed mandatory military service a year later. Kurz attended the faculty of law at the University of Vienna but later dropped out to focus on his political career. He entered politics by joining the Young People's Party (JVP) in 2003. Five years later he assumed his first political post as chairman of the JVP in Vienna. In 2010, Kurz successfully ran for the Viennese State Diet. As a result of a cabinet reshuffle in 2011, Kurz was nominated and appointed state secretary of the Interior Ministry for social integration. After the 2013 legislative election, Kurz became foreign minister of Austria and remained the country's top diplomat until December 2017.

Following the resignation of Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner as chairman of the People's Party (ÖVP) in May 2017, Kurz was named his successor. Mitterlehner's withdrawal from politics led to the end of the Kern cabinet and triggered a legislative snap election in 2017; in which Kurz participated as the top candidate of his party. As leader of the largest party after the election, Kurz was charged with forming his first cabinet and subsequently entered a coalition with the Freedom Party (FPÖ). During his term, Kurz passed various changes and overhauls but suffered multiple scandals. Following the Ibiza affair and the end of the ÖVP–FPÖ majority coalition, Kurz was dismissed by the National Council through a motion of no confidence. During his first chancellorship, Kurz's youth and political tenor have been credited with revitalizing the traditional conservative movement in Austria, and to a larger extent in Europe. However, opponents have denounced him as uncooperative and hasty, particularly with respect to his signature issues.

After the 2019 legislative snap elections, he returned to power, forming another coalition; this time with the environmentalist Green Party. Kurz and his new cabinet were inaugurated in January 2020. However, the coalition's program was quickly impeded by the COVID-19 pandemic. An investigation into the Ibiza affair by a parliamentary subcommittee, an ongoing corruption inquiry, and several other scandals have resulted in a sharp decline of his popularity and job approval. On 9 October 2021, as a consequence of the corruption probe, Kurz announced his resignation as Chancellor and nominated Alexander Schallenberg to succeed him while remaining party leader as well as returning to parliament as the party's parliamentary group leader.

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