Sebastian Kurz

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Sebastian Kurz, a.k.a. Whizz-Kid (German: Wunderwuzzi),[2] Basti Fantasti,[3] Kaiser Kurz[4] and even Messiah,[5] is an austrian Politician who has been the Chancellor of Austria since 18 December 2017,[6][7] at which Time he was the World's youngest national Leader at 31,[2] and Leader of the Austrian Folk-Party (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP) since May 2017, the 17th ÖVP-Leader since 1945.[8] When he became Austria's Minister for Europe, Integration and external Affairs (Bundesminister für Europa, Integration und Äußeres)[1] in 2013, he was Europe's youngest-ever Minister for external Affairs.[9] "Time"-Magazine features him in its List of Next-Generation-Leaders 2017 and describes him as "A New Kind of Statesman" and Centre-Right.[10] He describes himself as "a very liberal Person".[11]

Early Life

Sebastian is an only Child, Son of a Secretary and Teacher,[7] whom he describes as very social, open and liberal.[12] He spent half of his Childhood in Vienna, half in Lower Austria.[13] Because of his Siblinglessness, he has a very close[14] Relationship with his Cousin Marlene, who endorsed[15] his Soon-to-be-Chancellorship in a YouTube-Video in September 2017. He lost his Virginity at 15.[16] He joined the ÖVP's Youth-Wing in 2003,[7] graduated from Highschool in 2004.[16] He completed mandatory Military-Service,[17] of which he is a Proponent. If he had to do it all over again, though, he would want to opt for civil Service instead.[18] After his Military-Service, he went to Law-School at the University of Vienna,[17] but dropped out at some Point.[7]

Career

In 2008, Sebastian became Chairman of the ÖVP's Youth-Wing in Vienna, in 2009, the Chairman of the ÖVP's entire Youth-Wing,[1] a Post he kept until 25 November 2017.[19] In 2011, he became State-Secretary for Integration (Staatssekretär für Integration), a Post he kept until 2013.[1] In 2013, he became a Member of Parliament and Minister for Europe, Integration and external Affairs.[17] On 14 May 2017, he became Chairman-Designate of the ÖVP;[20] on 1 July 2017, he was elected Chairman of the ÖVP, receiving 464 of 472 Votes.[21]

What he has said about what

Antisemitism

For us one Thing is very clear: Antisemitism has no Place in Austria and in Europe. We will fight with Resolve against all Forms of Antisemitism, against that ever-present, but also against that newly imported.[22][23]

Austria

During his Government-Declaration on 20 December 2017 in Parliament, Sebastian said:

We as a federal Government therefore together pursue a clear Goal: We want, on this new Playing-Field, to make possible once again a Place in the Lead for Austria. We want to accomplish a Comeback for Austria, of which we together can be proud and from which everyone in our Land profits.[24][25]

Answering the Question: "Can a small Land like Austria also play a Role? Austria has good Relations with Russia, but also with the Ukraine. Can Austria have a conciliatory Effect?", Sebastian once said:

A small Land like Austria can play a big Role.[26]


Climate-Change

During his Government-Declaration on 20 December 2017 in Parliament, Sebastian said:

With Elisabeth Köstinger the House [National Council] has lost a President, but we as a federal Government have gained a strong Minister. Elisabeth Köstinger will take on the Portfolio Sustainability and Tourism, in which for the first Time the Environment- and Energie-Agendas will be merged. This means a big Chance to really reach our Goals in the Fight against Climate-Change.[27][28]

Democracy

And I am always aware that the Task of the Opposition is to control, to demand and then and there naturally to criticise. That is not only its Task, that is its democratic Duty.[29][30]

Islamic Preschools and Kindergardens (Kindergarten)

I find them unnecessary and there shouldn't be any.[31]

The European Union

The Volk-Party [ÖVP] was, is and will also always be the Europe-Party of this Land. And our Goal is to overcome the present Crises in the European Union and make sure that we are living in a strong Europe, in a Europe of Subsidiarity, where we gather Strength when it comes to big Questions and where Europe withdraws when it comes to small Questions, where regionally or on the Level of Member-States better Decisions can be made. Because a stronger Europe, dear Friends, a stronger Europe is something we all stand to gain from.[32]

The next two Quotes come from Sebastian's Government-Declaration on 20 December 2017 in Parliament:

We have the Responsibility to be clear in our Dealings with our Neighbors. That means to support the States in the West-Balkans along their Way into the European Union, but at the same Time to say clearly that the undesirable Developments in Turkey surely lead to Turkey having no Future in the European Union.[33][34]
I have always clearly said that this Government will be a proeuropean one and the Programme we have laid out today underscores this.[35][36]

The Lead-up to the Elections on 15 October 2017

[T]he hardest Attacks against me came from my Then-Coalition-Partner, the SPÖ, also the dirty Campaigning from Silberstein and Others.[37]

Speaking of the ÖVP and FPÖ, Sebastian has said:

In the Election-Campaign we had to put up Time after Time with the Accusation that there are Parallels in the Programmes.[38]

The Migrant-Crisis

They thought they would follow the right Path with the Policy of open Borders and they now have to inform People that this was a Mistake.[39]
We invest 75 Billion in Development-Work in Africa and we're not strong enough to tell these States: 'If you don't help us in this Question, then we're stopping our Support'.[40]

The next two Quotes come from Sebastian's Government-Declaration on 20 December 2017 in Parliament:

[T]he Refugee- and Migration-Crisis has led to negative Developments in the Security-Situation and communal Life.[41][42]
Our Journey will also not have ended before there is Order and Security once more in our Land. Our clear Objective here is the orderly Defence of Europe's outer Borders and the Fight against illegal Immigration.[43][44]

World-War II

In the Year 2018, it is our Duty to think back on the dark Side of our History. And we must use the Memory of World-War II to warn that something like that must never happen again.[45][46]

Introduces Islam-Law 2015

In 2015, Sebastian introduced a new Islam-Law (Islamgesetz), whose Purpose included banning foreign Funding for Imams and Mosques outside of One-Time-Donations.[47] The Islam-Law in Effect at the Time dated back to 1912.[9][47] "What we need is to have --- in the Future -- austrian Imams who are born in our Country, who have grown up here, who speak our Language and who can be Role-Models for young People in Austria and show them that it is possible to be austrian and a believing Muslim at the same Time", said Sebastian.[47] FPÖ-Leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who is now Sebastian's Vice-Chancellor, criticised the Law, calling it a "Placebo-Law with unbelievable Flaws".[48] Parliament passed the Law on 25 February 2017.[49]

Conspiracy-Theories and fake News about him

In May 2017, "The Guardian" took a Piece on the satirical Website "Die Tagespresse" ("The Daily Press"), that said Sebastian regretted a "Black makes you cool"-Campaign ("Schwarz macht geil"-Kampagne) he did in Vienna in 2010 with some young Women wearing black Tank-Tops, during which he rode around in a "Geilomobil" ("Coolmobile"), for real News and made the Claim that "In 2014, Kurz filed a 'right to be forgotten' request to Google, asking for references to the Geilomobil to be removed, signing his application with 'xxx hugs & kisses Outside minister Sebi'". "The Guardian" later corrected its Piece.[50][51][52] "Die Tagespresse" tweeted: "What an Honour! The renowned Guardian cites Die Tagespresse."

In the Lead-up to the austrian national Elections on 15 October 2017, Tal Silberstein, an israeli political Adviser who was working with the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ),[53] opened two Facebook-Pages, "Die Wahrheit über Sebastian Kurz" ("The Truth about Sebastian Kurz") and "Wir für Sebastian Kurz" ("We for Sebastian Kurz")[54] to wage a Campaign against him. "The Truth about Sebastian Kurz" spread Conspiracy-Theories making the Claims or Suggestions that Sebastian is a "Member of the Billionaire George Soros funded European Council of [on] Foreign Relations", that he is former austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel's Pet, that "Fakebasti" also speaks Turkish, that "Fakebasti" was copying Ideas from ÖVP-Leader Heinz-Christian Strache the Way Cheaters at School cheat,[55] that he had poisoned Eggs with Fipronil[56] and that he is an "Islam-Understander" who is for "a new Welcome-Culture" of unbridled Immigration.[54]

Personal Life

Sebastian's Girlfriend is Susanne Thier, who works at the Finance-Ministry and whom he has known since he was 18.[57] According to "Heute", she appears to not be very fond of the Spotlight.[58]

External Links

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