Kurz who was formally foreign minister, an office he headed at age 27, took over the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) in May.
Kurz who is seen as replica to young leaders of France and Canada’s, Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau respectively, although, unlike the two who are quite liberal, Kurz’s politics lean to the far right.
Kurz, according to Al Jazeera, steered his party further right, calling for stricter border controls in Europe following the mass movement of refugees to the continent; introduced laws preventing foreign organisations from financially supporting Austrian mosques; said Muslims in Austria should only be allowed government-approved German language Qurans.
Sebastian Kurz also backed the “burka ban,” which prohibits Muslim women from wearing full faced veils in public.
According to Vox, Kurz has been accused to taking his ideas from Austria’s far right party Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), which was founded by Nazis in the 1950s.
What’s different is Sebastian Kurz speaks with a much gentler voice and with moderate language that appeals to both the conservative and liberal population.
Also, it helps that he has called for a dramatic lowering of taxes.
Kurz is unmarried, although he lives with his girlfriend.