Sebastian Kurz (born 27 August 1986) is Chancellor of Austria since 18 December 2017, as well as Chairman of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) since 15 May 2017. From 2014 to 2017 he was Minister of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. Following the 2017 legislative elections, Kurz became the youngest-ever Chancellor of Austria.
[...] Austria to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism [...] Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz tweeted on Tuesday that the Austrian Council of Ministers had decided to take on the definition, adding that the move sent an important signal and was crucial “in order to identify and combat antisemitism more easily with a universally valid definition.” [...] Kurz’s announcement follows Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern’s first visit to Israel this week, during which he participated in the state Holocaust Remembrance Day events and said, “We will not rest in the fight against antisemitism.”
In 2014, Sebastian Kurz was Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and will act as Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE during the Austrian Chairmanship in 2017.
Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday the government planned to disband a fraternity over its anti-Semitic songbook, amid calls for a far-right politician to resign for having been the group's deputy leader. Days before last Sunday's regional election in the province of Lower Austria, a weekly newspaper reported the songbook's contents, adding that its deputy leader was Udo Landbauer, the lead candidate for the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO), junior coalition partner to Kurz's conservatives in Vienna. Landbauer suspended his membership in the Germania zu Wiener Neustadt fraternity soon afterwards but has refused to quit politics or his provincial assembly seat, despite calls for him to do so, including from President Alexander Van der Bellen.
His integration campaign "#stolzdrauf" has not only brought joy, but Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz remains calm [...] Regarding the integration aspect of the campaign, Kurz said that there was "the topic that there are many immigrants in Austria who do not yet feel at home", which he blamed on a lack of "welcoming culture" ['Willkommenskultur'].
Secretary of State for Integration Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) wants migrants to be presented differently in Austrian textbooks. A study published on Wednesday has shown that migration in textbooks is mainly mentioned in connection with problems. "We now have a new, more positive approach to integration in the government, and we see migrants no longer as victims or perpetrators, but first and foremost as who they are, as achievers in our society," said Kurz an opinion. "Of course, this new, more positive approach must also be reflected in our textbooks." Apparently, the children are taught a wrong picture at school, said Kurz. "I want us to convey a true, positive image without concealing anything."
The minister [Kurz] is trying to put integration above everything else. And clearly declares: "Islam is of course part of Austria." But Kurz also demands personal responsibility. "Getting yourself into the role of victim is easy, take your responsibility and go against any kind of radicalization."
In the preface of a brochure for people who want the Austrian citizenship, Kurz wrote that "I am happy that you want to acquire the Austrian citizenship." He said further that this is the decision "to become Austrian".
Austria is to make an unprecedented change to its nationality law allowing for the children and grandchildren of Holocaust victims to reclaim Austrian citizenship. The move to allow dual citizenship to Holocaust victims’ descendants — which is currently not possible — was confirmed by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in an exclusive interview to be published in next week’s JC. “What we want to do is to give all children and grandchildren of Holocaust victims the opportunity to become Austrian citizens if they want to,” he said.
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