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Austria's Sebastian Kurz preaches change, faces challenges

Young, dynamic and preaching renewal, Austria's next likely leader, the 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is already inviting comparisons with French President Emmanuel Macron.

But while Macron is making good on promises of systemic change, Austrian politics could largely remain business as usual under Kurz, whose hands might be tied both by his own party and any coalition partner.

First the similarities: Macron at 39 is one of the European Union's youngest political leaders and Kurz will be Europe's youngest if he manages to form a government after his right-wing People's Party came first in Austria's national election on Sunday.

To varying degrees, both can claim to...