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Kurz is just as complicit as Strache in Austria’s dirty politics

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Commentary. Kurz is not a victim here. He is guilty in every way. Now, before the early elections, which will take place in September, he is struggling to disentangle himself from the presence of the ministers from the FPÖ.

written by Marco Bascetta

Topic European Union

Also filed under commentary

May 21, 2019

The country is a farce, like a villain who isn’t very good at it. The governing coalition between the right and extreme right in Vienna sought to transform Austria, but ended up mired in ridicule.

The grotesque comedy set in an Ibiza villa is nothing more than the juicy prologue for the coming denouement. All the protagonists claim to be victims. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz complained that he got stabbed in the back by his government ally. The latter, the nationalist-xenophobic Heinz-Christian Strache, claimed he had been the victim of an obscure plot, “a honey trap stage-managed by intelligence agencies” that supposedly made him confess to improper ambitions and demonstrate........

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