After raiding the Chancellery, Finance Ministry and ÖVP headquarters, pressure is mounting on Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Now the Greens, Kurtz’s coalition partner, are questioning his ability to act. Report that Many Austrian media agree.
“We cannot go back to the agenda, and the ability of the Federal Chancellor to act is questionable against this background. We have to ensure stability and order,” Vice Chancellor and Green Party leader Werner Kogler said. So he and club president Sigrid Maurer invited the leaders of the parliamentary group of other National Council parties to discuss how to move forward. It was also agreed to meet with Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen (the Greens). The day before, the opposition had called on Kurtz to resign.
Liberal Neus accused him of “manifest impotence” and called for a new beginning for the country. “It can’t go on like this,” opposition party leader Pete Meinl Reisinger said on Thursday. The country needs a clean government. New elections are not necessary for this. Chancellor Kurz is ashamed of his refusal to resign the country and the post.
Kurz tried again Wednesday night to refute prosecutors’ allegations of corruption. There is absolutely no indication that he is personally involved, for example, in conducting polls that suit him or in placing advertisements, Kurz said on the ORF news program “ZiB2” https://news.google.com/__i/. rss / rd / articles /. Kurz emphasized that “all these allegations are directed against employees of the Ministry of Finance.” The fact that polls were manipulated in his favor is absurd because dozens of opinion polls in the 2016 period in question revealed very similar values for parties and politicians. Kurtz ruled out his resignation.
It’s about positive reporting that is bought with taxpayer money
The Economic and Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA) inspected the Chancellery, Ministry of Finance and ÖVP headquarters on Wednesday. The attorney general’s office is investigating Kurz and some of those close to him on suspicion of dishonesty, bribery and corruption. The team around the 35-year-old prime minister is said to have bought positive reports in a tabloid with tax money since 2016 in order to clear the way from Kurtz to the party leadership and chancellorship. A confidant of the Ministry of Finance is said to have played an important role in raising the money.
According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the results of the potentially tampered survey were published in the editorial department of an Austrian daily newspaper and other media affiliated with this group – without announcing it as an advertisement.
According to the authority, there is a suspicion that government officials in return made payments to the media company as part of media and advertising cooperation. According to WKStA, evidence found during home searches and assessments will now be displayed. The media group denies these allegations. The company said that at no time was there an agreement between media group “Austria” and the Ministry of Finance to pay for surveys through advertisements.
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