Austria today made history by electing the world’s youngest president who is 31 years old.
His name is Sebastian Kurz, he is just 31 years old.
Before todays election, he was the country’s foreign minister.
Kurz became minister for integration at age 24; three years later, at age 27, he was named foreign minister.
He was introduced on the international stage at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in 2014. He took the podium that year, all of 28 at the time, and relished in both his age and the improbability of his position. “I believe I’m the only person under the age of 30 who has the privilege of speaking this week,” he told the UNGA, to applause.
“What I can offer is the perspective of a young generation,” he continued, defining that as a “post-Cold War generation” — millennials, in other words.
“We grew up in a society where human rights were respected, where the rule of law was a given, and where religious freedom was practiced,” he intoned. “We communicate without borders on Facebook and Twitter.” He then went on to talk about the rise of religious extremism and terrorism.
But while the UNGA introduced his face, it was in 2015 that Kurz really found his footing — in the midst of the migration crisis.