A man wearing a face mask leaves a shop in Vienna's city center following an easing of restrictions during the coronavirus crisis on April 15.

After Flattening the Curve, Austria Takes a Gamble

Under political and public pressure, Austria has begun to reopen the economy. Will that backfire?

Sebastian Kurz, the leader of the Austrian People’s Party, in Vienna.

If Sebastian Kurz Is Everything, He’s Nothing

The Austrian chancellor could become a star in an unprecedented coalition with the Green party—but that's not the sort of history he's interested in making.

Far-right activists carrying German and Saxon flags and chanting "Wir sind das Volk" (We are the people) cast shadows as they gather to protest against a planned refugee center on Nov. 14, 2013 in Roetha, Germany.

Putting Our Own People First

Defining “us” and “them” is crucial for the success of far-right parties, and the boundaries are constantly shifting.

Former chairman of the Freedom Party FPOe Heinz-Christian Strache gives a press conference in Vienna on May 18, 2019.

Corruption and Collusion Can’t Stop Austria’s Far-Right

Austrian nationalists were caught red-handed in an attempted foreign conspiracy—but the party’s future is as bright as ever.

Sebastian Kurz arrives at the Mozarteum University to attend a plenary session part of the EU Informal Summit of Heads of State or Government in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 20, 2018.

Conservatism’s Wunderkind Is Getting Swallowed by the Far-Right

Austria’s chancellor made a deal with populists, and it’s not going according to plan.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the White House on Feb. 20. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Is Watching Sebastian Kurz

Austria’s young chancellor has become a major player in Europe. The White House has taken notice.

Austria's Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (L), Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini (R) and Austria's Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (C) arrive to give a joint press conference at the end of their meeting at the Viminale palace in Rome on June 20, 2018.

Eastern Europe’s Populists Don’t Care About Italy

Matteo Salvini wants to be buddies with anti-immigrant leaders in Hungary, Poland, and Austria. But sometimes geography trumps ideology.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz after their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 28, 2018. (GRIGORY DUKOR/AFP/Getty Images)

Not All Russia-Friendly Policies Are Nefarious

Why won't Austria — and its pro-Russia, far-right foreign ministry — punish Vladimir Putin? The real answer isn't the obvious one.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Heinz-Christian Strache, chairman of the Freedom Party, give a joint press conference in Vienna on Oct. 25. (Helmut Fohringer/AFP/Getty Images)

The Battle for Austria’s Right Is a Harbinger for the Rest of Europe

In Vienna, the center-right and populist right are vying for power. All of Europe is watching.

Sebastian Kurz visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem during his tenure as foreign minister. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

Meet the First Millennial to Run a Western Country

Nobody knows if 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz is an establishment conservative or a far-right populist — and that’s why he’ll soon be running Austria.


Austrian Far-Right Politicians Travel to Moscow to Grease Ties Between Trump, Putin

They reportedly met with Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn in New York last month.

Right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe) leader Heinz-Christian Strache, FPOe presidential candidate Norbert Hofer and Ursula Stenzel attend the final election rally ahead of the election in Vienna, Austria, on May 20, 2016.  / AFP / APA / HELMUT FOHRINGER / Austria OUT        (Photo credit should read HELMUT FOHRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany + Nazi Denial = Austria

Europe’s German-speaking countries have everything in common — except honesty about the Third Reich.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 11:  Two women wearing Islamic niqab veils stand outside the French Embassy during a demonstration on April 11, 2011 in London, England. France has become the first country in Europe to ban the wearing of the veil and in Paris two women have been detained by police under the new law.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Austrian Supreme Court: If You’re Wearing a Face Veil, You Can’t Communicate

Austria's supreme court ruled that a company boss's refusal to let a woman wear the full face veil at work was constitutional.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 22: Norbert Hofer, presidential candidate of the right-wing populist Austrian Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Oesterreichs, or FPOe), greets supporters at the FPOe election party following initial poll results during Austrian presidential elections on May 22, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. The FPOe is facing off against the Austrian Green Party and its presidential candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen. The FPOe's recent success is part of a larger trend across Europe in which right-wing parties have gained ground, in part due to public unease over the large influx of refugees and migrants over the past year and a half. (Photo by Jan Hetfleisch/Getty Images)

Austria’s Far-Right May Live to See Another Day

Austria's far-right won a case that will allow them to contest the results of last month's presidential election.

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