A corruption probe into the office of Austrian Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has sparked a crisis in his ruling coalition with the Greens.
“We can not go back to work as usual, the chancellor’s ability to act is in question,” Green MP and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler said in a statement.
Anti-corruption investigators searching for materials for an investigation searched the offices of Kurz and his Austrian People’s Conservative Party (OeVP), the Austrian Ministry of Finance and a printing press.
According to the Office of the Prosecutor for Economy and Corruption (ËKSTA), there are indications that, since April 2016, funds from the Ministry of Finance have been used to publish exclusively politically motivated polls, sometimes manipulated in the interest of Kurz, then Minister of Finance. Outside ”.
“We need to work together for stability and clarification, which is why I would like to discuss the further course of action between the parties,” Kogler said.
Yesterday, opposition parties in parliament, the Social Democrats, the far-right Liberal party Neos and the FPOe demanded Kurz’s resignation.
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