After Emmanuel Macron, the leader of the Austrian People’s Party, Sebastian Kurz, 31, is about to become the youngest leader in the world following his victory in the legislative elections last Sunday. His party won more than 30% of the vote in front of the extreme right party (26.8%).
Speaking to his supporters, Sebastian Kurz said: “The moment for a change in the country has arrived and I want to thank all those who have made this possible”. “I am overwhelmed with joy, I look forward to working for Austria.”
Before the elections, Kurz was the youngest foreign minister of Europe, after being appointed in 2013 at the age of 27 years. In May 2017, he became the leader of the People’s Party. He began his political career in the youth section of the party he chaired before being appointed city councilor.
Nicknamed the “Wunderwuzzi” (miracle makers) of Austrian politics, he was compared to the young leaders of the world namely Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (38) and French President Emmanuel Macron (39).
Like Macron, Kurz created a movement around him, renaming the Popular Party that has been in power for 30 years in the New Popular Party.
His position on immigration gained strength during the elections. In 2015 he called for the closure of migratory routes to Europe and forbidding migrants to receive papers if they had not lived in Austria for five years. He was the first person to criticize the welcome policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.