Sebastian Kurz: could 31-year-old’s audacious bid to lead Austria pay off?

Critics of Kurz, who topped polls in run-up to Sunday’s election, argue his campaign embraced divisive agenda set by populist right

Austria is on the brink of rewarding one of the most audacious political gambles in its recent history: the country’s 31-year-old foreign minister could on Sunday be elected the world’s youngest serving head of government.

Until Sebastian Kurz was announced as a candidate for chancellor in June, his centre-right Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) had been trailing by some distance in polls behind its senior partner in the governing coalition, the centre-left SPÖ, and behind the far right Freedom party (FPÖ).

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