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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

Austria's Kurz: German conservatives right to shun far-right

Feb. 14, 2020 12:01 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who led a coalition with a far-right party in his first term, on Friday endorsed his German conservative counterparts' refusal to cooperate with the far-right Alternative for Germany. German politics has been thrown into turmoil by the election last week of...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany, Austria at odds on European financial trade tax

Feb. 3, 2020 8:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Austria are at odds over plans for a new tax on financial transactions, raising more questions about the chances of the levy becoming reality after years of talks. The two countries are among 10 in the European Union that have been working on a financial transaction tax after a...

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives for a joint press conference with Prime Ministers of the V4 after their meeting at the National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Austria against use of EU funding to support nuclear energy

Jan. 16, 2020 9:13 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told his counterparts from four central European countries on Thursday that Austria is not ready to accept European Union funding of their nuclear energy projects. After meeting the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia in...

Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler, left, from the Austrian Green party and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, right, from the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, attend a cabinet meeting at the federal chancellery, in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Austria's Kurz backs justice minister against online hate

Jan. 9, 2020 7:52 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz offered his “full support” on Thursday to the country's new justice minister in the face of online hatred over her Bosnian origins. Alma Zadic is one of four ministers from the Green party in the conservative Kurz's new Cabinet, which was sworn...

New Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz listen during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Austrian government led by a conservative Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and the Austrian Green party in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Austria: Kurz sworn in as chancellor, completing comeback

Jan. 7, 2020 7:11 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Conservative Sebastian Kurz was sworn in Tuesday as Austria's chancellor, completing a comeback from the collapse of his previous government as the leader of a new and very different coalition, with the Greens. Kurz, 33, returned to the top job after a seven-month absence. The Cabinet sworn...

Sebastian Kurz, left, head of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, and Werner Kogler, right, head of the Austrian Greens speak to journalists during a press conference about the government program in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Austria's Greens clear final hurdle for government with Kurz

Jan. 4, 2020 11:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Members of Austria's Green party voted Saturday to join a new government led by conservative former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, clearing the final hurdle for a previously untested left-right alliance at the national level. A clear 93% majority of Green delegates backed the coalition pact that...

Sebastian Kurz, left, head of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, poses with Werner Kogler, right, head of the Austrian Greens after a press conference about the government program in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Austria's Kurz optimistic new coalition will last full term

Jan. 3, 2020 3:45 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz says he's optimistic that his new coalition government with the environmentalist Greens will last a full five-year term — something that the country's last two elected administrations failed to do. Kurz's People's Party and the Greens agreed...

Sebastian Kurz, left, head of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, shakes hands with Werner Kogler, right, head of the Austrian Greens during a press conference after finishing the coalition negotiations in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Austria's Kurz says Greens coalition 'best of both worlds'

Jan. 2, 2020 11:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz said Thursday his party's coalition deal with the Greens, who are set to join the Alpine country's government for the first time, offers “the best of both worlds” and will allow both partners to keep central election promises. Green...

In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, Sebastian Kurz head of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, speaks to journalists during a press conference about the beginning of the coalition negotiations with the Austrian Greens in Vienna, Austria. Austrian People's Party, OEVP and the environmentalist Greens appear to be closing in on a coalition deal that would return ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to power and end the reign of a non-partisan interim government. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)

Austria's Kurz, Greens agree on new coalition government

Jan. 1, 2020 4:27 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's main center-right party and the environmentalist Greens agreed on a coalition deal Wednesday night that will return ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to power. Both Kurz and Werner Kogler from the Greens, who led the negotiations between the two parties, told reporters in Vienna they had...

In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, Sebastian Kurz head of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, speaks to journalists during a press conference about the beginning of the coalition negotiations with the Austrian Greens in Vienna, Austria. Austrian People's Party, OEVP and the environmentalist Greens appear to be closing in on a coalition deal that would return ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to power and end the reign of a non-partisan interim government. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)

Austria's Kurz closes in on government deal with Greens

Dec. 30, 2019 8:14 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's main center-right party and the environmentalist Greens appear to be closing in on a coalition deal that would return ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to power and end the reign of a non-partisan interim government. The 33-year-old Kurz's People's Party embarked on negotiations with the...