Sebastian Kurz

Austrian-Croatian year of culture opened in Vienna

The Austrian-Croatian year of culture, officially opened in Vienna on Tuesday, is more than just an opportunity to intensify cultural relations between the two countries but has a strong integration character as well, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said at the opening.

Croatian, Austrian foreign ministers talk migrants, bilateral relations

A negligible number of migrants is arriving in Europe along the Balkan route which was closed a year ago, but a big problem is the Mediterranean, where the number of migrants has markedly increased, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna on Tuesday after talks with his Croatian counterpart Davor Ivo Stier.

Austria gives 2 million euros for aid to eastern Ukraine

Austria is providing an additional 2 million euros (about 2.1 million dollars) "for humanitarian aid to the people in eastern Ukraine," Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Wednesday on Twitter.

Austria to veto further EU accession talks with Turkey

Austria will block the continuation of EU talks with Ankara over Turkey's future membership in the bloc, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Saturday, citing human rights violations in the country.

FM says Austria looking forward to culture year with Croatia

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday that Austria was looking forward to 2017 as the year of culture between Austria and Croatia.

Austrian FM supports HDZ candidate

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has sent a video message to the president of the Croatian Democratic Union's (HDZ) Youth branch, Josip Bilaver, wishing him success in the September 11 parliamentary election and thanking him for good cooperation.

Austrian and Serbian officials talk migrant crisis

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna on Friday, during a visit by a Serbian delegation headed by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, that his country was grateful for Serbia's contribution in curbing the migrant wave, press agencies have reported.

EU must take hard line on rule of law in Turkey, Austria demands

EU countries should send a tough message to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to honour the rules of law and justice after the military's coup attempt, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Sunday.

Croatian, Austrian foreign ministers: Small countries can change reality if they join forces

"We can be proud of our cooperation in the management of the migrant crisis, we have shown that we, medium-sized countries, can change the reality if we join our forces in a smart and efficient way," Kovac told a news conference after talks with Kurz in Vienna.

Austrian top diplomat: No refugee distribution without migration stop

The government in Vienna has implemented some of Europe's toughest border policies. Austria's foreign minister explains why this approach could contribute to an EU-wide solution of the refugee crisis.

Kurz: Countries must act till EU defines joint response

Countries must take their own measures until the European Union finds a common response to the migrant crisis, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna on Wednesday, ahead of a ministerial conference on the migrant crisis which brought together interior and foreign ministers from ten countries along the Balkan route, including Croatia.

Montenegro preparing plans in case of refugee spillover

"Agreement has been made that all relevant agencies should make plans and proposals, so that we can reach concrete conclusions at the next government meeting," said Finance Minister Radivoje Zugic in Podgorica today.

Kurz says Montenegro could become part of migrant transit route should Austria close its border

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Podgorica on Wednesday that he did not rule out the possibility of Montenegro becoming part of the migrant transit route should his country decide to close its borders.

Serbia, Austria sign action plan on cooperation in 2016

Kurz said he was confident that Serbia would soon open new chapters in its EU membership talks, and even though he could not state a specific date, he stressed that Belgrade was on the right track.

Austrian FM: Macedonia cannot manage refugee crisis alone

Sarajevo is Kurz's first stop on his regional tour of Balkan states affected by the migrant crisis, however, his talks with his hosts in the Bosnia and Herzegovina capital were dominated by European integration and bilateral relations.