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.
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.
After 17 months in office, the chancellor's former coalition partners, as well as the opposition, no longer have confidence in him. The vote was an unnecessary piece of political drama, Norbert Mappes-Niediek writes.
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