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Young, brash and egotistical—the continent’s new generation of leaders scorn today’s EU, but might just save Europe

They move fast and break things, but they might just have the energy to fix Brussels

By Mark Leonard   July 2020

Nationally-focused: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (left) was the first European leader to close borders—and he didn’t wait to consult EU partners. Photo: © CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/Shutterstock

Outside the historic chancellery building in Vienna’s Ballhausplatz 2 in early March, horses and carts ferried tourists languidly about the historic imperial centre while people sat outside the famous coffee houses enjoying the first rays of spring sunshine. They had no idea that Austria’s 33-year old chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, was about to lock the city down and force them into house arrest for the next few weeks.

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