New Austrian chancellor pledged to continue Kurz’s foreign policy course

Austria’s new Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg promised on Tuesday, October 12, that he would continue the foreign policy course of his predecessor Sebastian Kurz.

“As far as foreign policy is concerned, we will continue our course without change,” he said during a speech before the country’s parliament.

The day before, Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in former Foreign Minister Schallenberg of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) as the new federal chancellor. The former Austrian ambassador to France, Michael Linhart, who succeeded Schallenberg as foreign minister, was also sworn in.

On October 9, Kurz announced his resignation as Austrian chancellor due to the investigation by the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office. In order to avoid chaos and to maintain stability in the country, he decided to resign as head of government.

However, Kurz retained his position as head of the conservative Austrian People’s Party and member of the National Council.