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Not So Old Europe

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz is the world’s youngest prime minister. But the problems he’s facing are as old as they are intractable



AT JUST 31 YEARS OLD, AUSTRIA’S CHANCELLOR SEBASTIAN KURZ IN THE world’s youngest prime minister. In his previous job as foreign minister, he brokered a deal with his country’s Balkan neighbors to stem the flow of refugees by sealing off Europe’s southern borders, and he ordered stringent controls on “political Islam” funded from abroad. Though he calls himself a passionate pro-European, Kurz was appointed chancellor in December after sealing a controversial electoral pact with the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, which has been accused of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. He spoke to Newsweek about immigration, Islam and the future of Europe.

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