Austria’s ring-wing populist Freedom party is well-connected with the Russian government. The Austrian people and the international community view these ties with skepticism. Now, the government is in crisis.
Hofer's selection comes as his populist Freedom Party tries to repair its credibility in time for national elections. The party is keen on a fresh coalition, despite jinxing its last partnership with the People's Party.
Heinz-Christian Strache has had his home searched. Authorities are investigating whether company appointments have been made in return for promises on gambling licenses.
Prosecutors have announced that the former vice chancellor and members of his party are being investigated for breach of trust. A sting video forced him to step down in May and led to the collapse of the government.
Heinz-Christian Strache has announced he is suing several people in connection with the video that ended his political career. He has denied that there is also footage of him taking drugs and committing sex acts.
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