Leader of Austrian Freedom Party caught in sting by German newspaper

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The current Austrian Vice-Chancellor, and leader of the Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, has been investigated by the influential German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the article, Strache met with "Valentina Makarova", who was purported to be the niece of a Russian oligarch, promising influence with Vladimir Putin and funding for the then-impending general election. If such revelations weren't sufficiently embarrassing, the leader also declared his admiration for Victor Orban's muzzling of independent media, aiming to introduce such measures in attaining power.

 
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I read as far as "he repeatedly emphasized during the conversation that he was only available for legal deals "

You'll have to provide your own analysis, concisely. Otherwise it's hard to justify taking a lot of time to read that long and, it seems, drawn out piece.

Is there a specific gotcha' quote from the recording, etc.?

Why was the tape not released until now. It has existed for a couple of years and was presumable in the hands of those who organised the 'decoy' as they call her.:unsure:
 

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The current Austrian Vice-Chancellor, and leader of the Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, has been investigated by the influential German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the article, Strache met with "Valentina Makarova", who purported to be the niece of a Russian oligarch, promising influence with Vladimir Putin and funding for the then-impending general election. If such revelations weren't sufficiently embarrassing, the leader also declared his admiration for Victor Orban's muzzling of independent media, aiming to introduce such measures in attaining power.

It would be embarrassing if it was the leader of a centrist or leftist party that was involved.
NEWSFLASH - far-right leader seeking Russian funding and praising Orban!!!

Sounds a tad familiar.
 

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It would be embarrassing if it was the leader of a centrist or leftist party that was involved. NEWSFLASH - far-right leader seeking Russian funding and praising Orban!!! Sounds a tad familiar.
Indeed, Russian funding of and influence over the far right across Europe is well known.
 

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"Purported"?
 

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Who was purported, that should have read. Anyway, Strache has resigned, and Kurz appears set to call fresh elections, rather than remain in government with Hofer.
 

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So Kurz gets a vote of no confidence for doing the right thing because the SPÖ were upset at their Euro elections.

Instead of coordinating in the run up to the general election in September to stabilise the country to reassert public integrity they pull the government down.

A bit irresponsible and capricious with public power really. C'est quoi le devoir.
 

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So Kurz gets a vote of no confidence for doing the right thing because the SPÖ were upset at their Euro elections.

Instead of coordinating in the run up to the general election in September to stabilise the country to reassert public integrity they pull the government down.

A bit irresponsible and capricious with public power really. C'est quoi le devoir.
And given Kurz romped to victory yesterday, appears entirely self-defeating.
 

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Hasnt hurt FPO that much. They got 17.2%, compared to 19.7% last time.
 

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In the footage, released by German media, Freedom Party leader and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache can be seen relaxing and drinking for hours at a villa with FPÖ parliament group leader Johann Gudenus, while they meet a woman, purported to be the niece of a Russian oligarch.

Mr Strache appears to propose offering her public contracts if she buys a large stake in the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung - and makes it support the Freedom Party.

He is heard suggesting that a number of journalists would have to be "pushed" from the newspaper, and that he wants to "build a media landscape like [Viktor] Orban" - referring to Hungary's nationalist leader
 

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There is a clear majority in that parliament for tough immigration controls. Question is will Kurz and the OVP - as so often in the past - give the Left another get out of Opposition free card?
 


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