Video Scandal in Austria Caused Great Damage to Political Culture – German FM

Video Scandal in Austria Caused Great Damage to Political Culture - German FM

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that Austria’s major political scandal involving a video recording of a meeting between then-chairman of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) Heinz-Christian Strache and an alleged Russian woman ahead of the country’s 2017 legislative elections had greatly damaged political culture.
“It [the scandal] is doing lots of harm… This is harm that has been done to the entire political culture”, Maas told the Bild newspaper on Monday, adding that there were many preconceptions about politicians and the video recording proved those prejudices right.

 
On Friday, just over a week before Austria is due to participate in the European Parliament elections, major German media reported, citing a video recording made in Spain’s Ibiza in 2017, that Strache had discussed exchanging state construction contracts for support ahead of Austria’s general election with the alleged niece of a Russian oligarch. The Austrian politician later said that the woman was a Russian-speaking Latvian citizen.

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