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Austria: new elections are to take place at the beginning of September

The right-wing conservative Alliance, Austria is approximately 18 months after Start-up again at the end. The background is a scandal Video of a meeting of the now-retired FPÖ-bosses Heinz-Christian Strache with a supposed Investor is.

After the collapse of the coalition in Austria in the beginning of September to elect a new Parliament. The Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen on Sunday, after a conversation with the German Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) announced.

The country need as soon as possible a rebuilding of confidence in the policy, said Van der Bellen. It is about the Well-being of the country and the Reputation of Austria in the world. The exact election date has yet to be of the political leaders have set.

Neither Short nor Van der Bellen received on the question of who could be the successor Straches. Also, whether high-ranking FPÖ politicians, including the controversial Minister of the interior, Herbert Kickl, would remain in office, not expressed to you. The work of the government, he'll put up for election "in peace" to continue, was quoted by the Austrian news Agency APA Short.

"new elections as a need for"

The elections had no desire to be a necessity, said Short. In the months leading up to the election, a Maximum must be made on stability. To do this, he will hold talks with all the parties, announced the head of the government. In short the coalition, the ÖVP had announced the right-wing populist freedom party on Saturday, and the election proposed.

Vice-Chancellor and FPÖ-Chef Strache had previously resigned. Triggers the release of a video that shows how Strache of a supposed Russian Oligarch in 2017, was on the island of Ibiza, public contracts, and if they will help his party to electoral success.

The Chancellor had said on Saturday, in the conversations that he has had with the FPÖ, he did not gained the impression that the party had to be fundamental changes to ready. The FPÖ claims to the reform project of his government. "It also harms the Reputation of our country," said Short. "Enough is enough," he said.

impact on European elections

This is the right-wing conservative Alliance, about 18 months after the Start and again at the end. What effects this will have on the European elections in a week, is open. According to surveys, the conservative ÖVP, who is a member of the European people's party (EPP) could hope to date on gains.

EPP top candidate, Manfred Weber praised the decision of the Austrian Chancellor. This pointing to the backbone, wrote of the CSU-politicians on Saturday evening on Twitter.

"I'm going to fight against the nationalists and populists," said Weber in a campaign appearance with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Zagreb. He warned of Salvini, Le Pen and co. "they want to destroy what we have built in Europe." For the EPP, the Austrian Chancellor's party, ÖVP, had brought the FPÖ in the government, however, are in.

The Video has not been released, according to the words of a "mirror"editor-in-targeted shortly before the European elections. The recordings were not made with intent before the election, the end may be placed, said Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt, the channel n-tv.

"We have to get the Video in the course of the month, and evaluated. And as we were then sure that it is authentic and real, we have said: and Then we publish the Video.", Wiedmann-Schmidt said. Whence the Material comes, could he, for reasons of source protection can not tell.


Van der Bellen asked, demanded on Saturday evening, a "clear, relentless, full investigation" of the incidents by the government and the judiciary. He spoke with a view to the scandal-a Video of images that showed a disturbing psychological picture. "So, Austria is not easy," said the Federal President. Specifically, he praised the role of the media, which had criticised Strache, in turn, sharply.

representatives of the new Alliance of European right-wing populists, including the FPÖ, were reticent in their response. AfD-Chef Jörg Meuthen said on the sidelines of a rally in Milan, he is standing next to the FPÖ. He's not "going to fall of the party in the back" due to a "singular proposition". The French right populist Marine Le Pen, said that this was a thing of the Austrian interior policy.

The CDU Chairman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer confirmed, with regard to the scandal Video you no to work with parties on the political fringes.

In the case of the "Spiegel" and "süddeutsche Zeitung" has published a Video from the year 2017, it is, among other things, the idea of the supposed Russian Investor to buy the highest-circulation Austrian newspaper, the "Kronen Zeitung", the FPÖ in the media to promote and in return for public contracts. (Dec/sda)

Created: 19.05.2019, 16:37 PM

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