The Foreign Minister

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, Photo: Dominik Butzmann

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, Photo: Dominik Butzmann

Sebastian Kurz was born in 1986 in Vienna. Since 2003, he has been involved in the Young Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). One year later, Sebastian Kurz started studying law at the University of Vienna. In 2007, he became Chairman of the Viennese branch of the Young Austrian People’s Party and was elected as Federal Chairman two years later. Furthermore, he acted as member of the Vienna City Council until his appointment as State Secretary for Integration in April 2011. By focusing on the new approach “integration through performance”, Sebastian Kurz succeeded in de-emotionalizing the public debate over integration of migrants in the Austrian society.

On December 16th, 2013, he was sworn in as Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. At the age of 27, he became the youngest Foreign Minister of the European Union. Among the key aspects of his foreign policy rank the ongoing support of the countries of the Western Balkans on their way towards the European Union and the establishment of a stronger interlink age between foreign and economic policy through a newly established “Business Support Service”. Moreover, Sebastian Kurz aims to position Austria as international bridge builder and a place for dialogue. Finally, he also enhanced the services provided by the ministry to Austrians living abroad. In 2014, Sebastian Kurz was Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and now acts as Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE during the Austrian Chairmanship in 2017. Besides his involvement in global politics, he also served as Chairman of the Political Academy of the Austrian People’s Party, a think tank and political training institution. On May 14, 2017, he was appointed Chairman of the Austrian People's Party.

Twitter: @sebastiankurz