Austria is set to be run by the world's youngest leader as right-wing 31-year-old who wants to cut all benefits for foreigners and halt EU meddling declares victory in the election
Conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, is set to take power and form far-right alliance
His People's Party is forecast to reap more than 30 percent of the election vote
Wants to cut benefits for all foreigners and slash Austria's red tape with Europe
In a move that will alarm Brussels he wants to keep the EU out of national affairs
By Scott Campbell For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 12:21 BST, 15 October 2017 | UPDATED: 20:18 BST, 15 October 2017
The leader of Austria's right-leaning People's Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become the world's youngest leader.
Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, 31, claimed the win on Sunday night after projections gave his party a comfortable lead with more than 90 percent of the ballots counted.
He fell well short of a majority, but has not ruled out the possibility of forming a minority government once the final result comes in.
Kurz, dubbed the Conservative Macron due to his age and his party reform, said: 'I would of course like to form a stable government. If that cannot be done then there are other options,' adding that he planned to talk to all parties in parliament but would first wait for a count of postal ballots that begins on Monday.
That count will settle the close race for second place between the Social Democrats and the far-right Freedom Party.
Austria is on the right track. What about the rest of Europe?