Austria’s ‘Ibiza scandal’: what happened and why does it matter?

Deputy chancellor and head of far-right party has resigned after video sting operation

  • Europe’s centrists draw on Austrian scandal to issue far-right warning

On Friday night, two German media outlets published a video that shows the Austrian deputy chancellor and leader of the far-right Freedom party (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, talking to an unidentified woman purporting to be the niece of a Russian oligarch at a luxury resort in Ibiza. When the woman expresses an interest in gaining control of the country’s largest-circulation tabloid, Kronen Zeitung, Strache suggests he could offer lucrative public contracts in exchange for campaign support.

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Austria’s ‘Ibiza scandal’: what happened and why does it matter?