Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz: 'Why Does Everything I Do Get So Overblown?'

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz: 'Why Does Everything I Do Get So Overblown?'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2018

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, 32, talks about his goals as holder of the rotating European Council presidency, the fight against illegal immigration and his relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Interview Conducted By Peter Müller and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Europe's Next Test Case: A Journey Down Austria's Path to the Right

Europe's Next Test Case: A Journey Down Austria's Path to the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 09, 2018

With a right-wing extremist party in government again, a major experiment is currently taking place in Austria -- one that may test the endurance of democracy in Western Europe. A visit to a country that appears unable to come to terms with its own history as it lurches to the right. By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]


SPIEGEL Interview with Sebastian Kurz: 'I Definitely Have a Red Line'

SPIEGEL Interview with Sebastian Kurz: 'I Definitely Have a Red Line'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2017

Sebastian Kurz, 31, is set to take over the reins in Austria. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he speaks of a possible coalition with the right-wing FPÖ, about his hard-line stance on immigration and how age influences politics. Interview Conducted by Mathieu von Rohr, Markus Feldenkirchen and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Austrian Gambler: The Meteoric Rise of Sebastian Kurz

Austrian Gambler: The Meteoric Rise of Sebastian Kurz

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2017

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz could become his country's next chancellor on Sunday. The politician is conservative and vain, but also adroit. What would the 31-year-old's election mean for the country? By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

Two Weeks in September: The Makings of Merkel's Decision to Accept Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 24, 2016

A year has passed since the dramatic decision by Angela Merkel to take in hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. What drove her to make the decision and what price will the country pay for it? A look back at 14 days that changed German history. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz: 'Europe's Values Cannot Be Negotiable'

Austrian Foreign Minister Kurz: 'Europe's Values Cannot Be Negotiable'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 01, 2016

At 29, Austria's Sebastian Kurz is the world's youngest foreign minister. He speaks with SPIEGEL about the rise of the far right in his country and Europe, the immigrant crisis and the dangers of dependence on Turkey. Interview Conducted by Walter Mayr and Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]


Rise of the Populists: Austria a Step Ahead in Europe's Race to the Right

Rise of the Populists: Austria a Step Ahead in Europe's Race to the Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2016

Austria's mainstream parties long believed they could keep the far right under control. On Sunday, though, a right-wing populist could become the country's president. What went wrong? The answer has implications for all of Europe. By Hasnain Kazim, Katrin Kuntz, Walter Mayr and Barbara Supp more... Comment ]

Wrong Majorities: What Extremist Success Means for Democracy

Wrong Majorities: What Extremist Success Means for Democracy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 18, 2016

Democracy reflects the will of the people. But what if the will of the people threatens democracy? With the right wing on the rise, there is only one appropriate approach. A Commentary by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]


The Austrian Malady: Turning Right in the Refugee Crisis

The Austrian Malady: Turning Right in the Refugee Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2016

The far-right candidate from the Austrian Freedom Party won an unexpected 35 percent of the vote in the first round of the country's presidential election. The established parties are largely to blame. An Essay by Armin Thurnher more... Comment ]

Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

Refugee Crisis Disunity: A De Facto Solution Takes Shape in the Balkans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2016

Angela Merkel is still hoping for a European solution to the refugee crisis. But with patience running out, Austria has joined countries on the Balkan Route to impose Plan B. But with the closure of borders, the situation in Greece is becoming dangerous. more... Comment ]