Kurz heads Austria’s right-wing coalition

Following the victory of the ÖVP in the 2017 elections, on 20 October Sebastian Kurz, the party’s leader since mid-May and foreign minister in the outgoing SPÖ-ÖVP coalition, was formally tasked with forming the next government. On 15 December the ÖVP and FPÖ announced a coalition agreement, and the new government took office on 18 December.