Sebastian Kurz started his political career in his home city of Vienna serving as a member of the City Council. He was appointed State Secretary for Integration at the Federal Ministry for the Interior in 2011. He served as Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2017. Sebastian Kurz held the office of Chancellor first from December 2017 to May 2019 (after the resignation of Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner). Sebastian Kurz was sworn in as Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria for the second time on 7 January 2020. He has been chair of the Austrian People’s Party (OeVP) from 2017.

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