Tag: Austrian People’s Party

A Double Resignation Shakes Austrian Politics in Aftermath of Scandal

BRUSSELS — Hours after the scandal-tainted former chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Thursday that he was leaving politics, his successor as chancellor also announced that he would step down. The double departure injected a new jolt of angst into the unsettled politics of Austria, roiled for the past two months by Mr. Kurz’s […]

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Fake Polls and Tabloid Coverage on Demand: The Dark Side of Sebastian Kurz

VIENNA — It seemed like a miracle. For years, Austria’s conservative party had languished far behind its rivals. Then in May 2017, the polls spectacularly reversed, giving the conservatives newfound credibility that helped them convince voters that they had a real chance of winning. Five months later, in elections, they did. The man credited with […]

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Austrian Political Scandal Leaves Europe’s Conservatives in Need of New Path

BERLIN — When Sebastian Kurz first became chancellor of Austria the whole of Europe sat up. Only 31, he had turned around the fortunes of his ailing conservative party and almost overnight become a role model for struggling center-right leaders elsewhere on the Continent. Four years later, Mr. Kurz has been forced to resign amid […]

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Resigns

BERLIN — Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria announced on Saturday that he would resign, days after prosecutors launched a criminal investigation into allegations he used federal money to pay off pollsters and journalists for favorable coverage. The move came after Mr. Kurz’s partners in the government threatened to quit the coalition unless his conservative People’s […]

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