Former Austrian Chancellor will promote “greater tolerance” — Action News Now

Despite the controversy in the past, Sebastian Kurz joined Tony Blair in a non-governmental organization fighting xenophobia

The former Prime Minister of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, has added a new role to his impressive portfolio-he has been appointed as the co-chairman of a well-known NGO that cooperates with Fight racism and anti-Semitism.

I am honored to join the European Commission for Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) as a co-chair with Tony Blair,“Kurz announced on Twitter.

The former prime minister added that ECTR’s mission is to combat extremism and anti-Semitism, and to promote “Higher tolerance across Europe,” already”Very dear“The reason for him.

The Brussels-based non-governmental organization was established in 2008, and its mission can be traced back to the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, which stated that the international community shared “A solemn responsibility to fight against evils such as extremism, racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.

The tolerance monitoring agency is headed by Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress, who called Kurz “The right type of leader.

Commenting on the appointment, Kanter said that Kurtz has a “A long-term vision to combat extremism, racism and intolerance.

However, Kurz resigned from the Austrian Chancellor post on corruption charges in October last year. He categorically denied this accusation, and he has been criticized in the past for undermining this “vision”. In 2017, he formed an alliance with the far-right Liberal Party known for its anti-immigration views-a move that made Austria the only country in Western Europe that has members of far-right parties in the government. As everyone knows, Kurz takes a hard line on the refugee issue.

His colleague on the ECTR board and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also found himself at the center of controversy after he recently became a Jazz.One petition Call on Queen Elizabeth to deprive Blair of the title because “Caused countless innocent civilian lives and military deaths in various conflicts“Has received more than one million signatures.

Despite potential criticism, his senior position in an NGO marked another milestone for the 35-year-old Kurz, who was the youngest foreign minister and prime minister in Austrian history. According to media reports, he also won the position of global strategist at American investment company Thiel Capital, which was founded by PayPal’s billionaire co-founder Peter Thiel and will start working there this year. These career developments of Kurz are accompanied by personal life-changing events. He and his long-term girlfriend Susan have recently become parents, and it is reported that they will get married later this year.

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