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>> Austria appears headed to propel a 31 year-old conservative to the top of government, on his pledge to take the country into a more hard-line stance against the influx of refugees and migrants. Early exit polls of Sunday's election suggest Sebastian Kurz will take his party into a very narrow majority, positioning himself as the next Chancellor.
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Currently the Foreign Minister, he would stand to be one of the world's youngest leaders.
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rz's campaign to shut down migrant routes into Europe after Austria's taken in hundreds of thousands of people, many fleeing war and poverty. They account for roughly 1% of Austria's population, one of the highest ratios on the continent.
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Many of Kurz's supporters believe the country's been overrun. He also wants to clamp down on benefits for those already inside the country's borders. Kurz's rise would overthrow the left-leaning incumbent Chancellor, Christian Kern. Kern's Social Democrats and Kurz's People's Party used to be allied, and the two have dominated Austrian politics for decades.
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But the new conservative majority is projected to be thin, so Kurz might turn to far-right Freedom Party for a new coalition, making them potential king makers. The migrant crisis has contributed to a trend of increasing influence for the far-right across Europe.