Welcome to the Utopia Forums! Register a new account
The current time is Tue Sep 17 18:13:41 2019

Utopia Talk / Politics / Austrian vice Strache under fire
Sat May 18 02:24:17
He could have been the next Führer ...


Heinz-Christian Strache: Vice-chancellor caught on secret video

8 hours ago

Austria's Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has been filmed appearing to offer government contracts in exchange for political support.

The video, filmed secretly shortly before Austria's election in 2017, shows Mr Strache speaking to a woman who claims to be a Russian investor.

Mr Strache also appears to hint at a potentially illegal donation system for the far-right Freedom Party he leads.

The revelations come amid high tensions within Austria's coalition government.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the centre-right People's Party is expected to give a statement later on Saturday.

The video was published on Friday in a joint report by the German news magazine Der Spiegel and the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.

It is unclear who set up the meeting and who filmed it.

What's in the video?

The secretly-filmed video shows Mr Strache and Johann Gudenus - also a Freedom Party politician - talking to a woman who claims to be a wealthy Russian citizen looking to invest in Austria.

The meeting reportedly took place at a villa on the Spanish island of Ibiza, in a private room with both politicians relaxing on sofas, smoking and drinking.

In the footage, the woman says she is the niece of a powerful Russian oligarch. She offers to buy a 50% stake in Austria's Kronen-Zeitung newspaper and switch its editorial position to support the Freedom Party.

In exchange, Mr Strache said he could award her public contracts, explaining that he wanted to "build a media landscape like Orbán", a reference to Hungary's far-right prime minister.

The vice-chancellor also speculates that the Russian's takeover of Kronen-Zeitung could boost support for the party to as high as 34%.

"If you take over the Kronen Zeitung three weeks before the election and get us into first place, then we can talk about everything," Mr Strache said.

As part of the deal, he suggests the Russian woman "set up a company like Strabag," the Austrian construction firm.

"All the government orders that Strabag gets now, [you] would get," he continues.

Mr Strache also names several journalists who would have to be "pushed" from the newspaper, and five other "new people whom we will build up".

During the discussions, the vice chancellor says that wealthy donors have paid the Freedom Party through an "association" to keep their donations hidden.

"The association is charitable, it's got nothing to do with the party," Mr Strache said. "That way no report goes to the Rechnungshof [Austria's court of auditors]".

How have people responded?

The alleged donors named by Mr Strache and Mr Gudenus in the video have denied sending money to the party, according to Der Spiegel and the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The two men have acknowledged that the meeting took place, but said it had been "purely private". They added that they had repeatedly mentioned "the relevant legal regulations and the necessity to observe Austrian law" during the encounter.
Sat May 18 05:55:51
Strache resigned.
Sat May 18 07:16:50
That's an unfortunate setback. But long live the FPO
Sat May 18 08:46:14
”During the discussions, the vice chancellor says that wealthy donors have paid the Freedom Party through an "association" to keep their donations hidden.

"The association is charitable, it's got nothing to do with the party," Mr Strache said. "That way no report goes to the Rechnungshof [Austria's court of auditors]".”

These people should be executed.

I wanna send flowers to the Austrian secret service or to Soros, Bill Gates, or to whomever sponsored that video.
Sat May 18 08:50:55
"for the far-right Freedom Party"

Lol! I love how leftist media has been reduced to labeling ANYONE right-of-center as "far right." BBC is total trash.
Sat May 18 09:02:47
The Freedom Party of Austria[note 1] (German: Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ) is a right-wing populist,[19] national-conservative[19] political party in Austria. The party, led by Heinz-Christian Strache, is a member of the Europe of Nations and Freedom group in the European Parliament, as well as of the Movement for a Europe of Nations and Freedom.

The FPÖ was founded in 1956 as the successor to the short-lived Federation of Independents (VdU), representing the "Third Camp" of Austrian politics, i.e. pan-Germanists and national liberals opposed to both socialism and Catholic clericalism. The party's first leader was Anton Reinthaller, a former Nazi functionary and SS officer.


Nope, not anything ”far-right” there.
Sat May 18 09:14:50
Anyways... someone doesn’t seem to like FPÖ. Its former leader Jörg Haider died in an accident after the EU had put sanctions on FPÖ, or was it on Austria that was sanctioned?

And now this. The leader of FPÖ is once again being decimated.

It seems that there are people who are hellbent on to make sure that Nazism will not rise again in Austria.
Sat May 18 09:21:53

Leaving aside the fact that opposing "socialism and Catholic clericalism" does not make one far-right, care to offer any evidence that doesn't date from a previous century?
Sat May 18 09:43:55
The rhetoric they use to position themselves as an anti-immigrant and anti-islamic party is a rather hostile rhetoric which is similar to that that far-rightists are using. And if the words are not always the exact same – the spirit is the same.

Far-rigthists, Nazis and common racists also flock to these kind of parties for a reason, you know.

And the reason is not because the FPÖ likes to describe itself as a social liberal party.

Tradition and heritage is also very important for the far-right. That the founder of the FPÖ was a Nazi functionary and SS officer is probably more important for the fans of FPÖ than you think.
Renzo Marquez
Sat May 18 10:18:06
Which foreign intelligence agency do we think is responsible for disseminating this now? And why?
Sat May 18 10:33:27
If not Austria’s own secret service then I’m gonna guess either Germany or France. It could be a non-state group/gathering also.

It could also be that the Russian woman is legit and that it was she/Russia who filmed the meeting. But Strache later failed to deliver what he promised so Russia is now punishing him by leaking da video.
Renzo Marquez
Sat May 18 10:40:09
Possible but unlikely given the timing. Video made in 2017 but drops 5 days before EU elections.
Sat May 18 13:04:00
Chancellor Kurz has announced the end of the government, there will be new elections in Austria.

Meanwhile new excerpts of the video have been released where ex-vice Strache is talking about sex orgies of current chancellor Kurz and former chancellor Kern, automatic translation:


Another excerpt from the six-hour video, which put Heinz-Christian Strache in distress, contains new explosive material. It shows how the long-time FPÖ leader spreads rumours about other politicians.

There is to be heard: "Well, I have an informant who sent me photos of Kern. With underage blacks in Cape Town."

Strache also speaks of "sex orgies of Kurz in the drug back rooms".

These explosive statements could be the reason why Strache mentioned in his resignation speech that he had started rumours about Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP).

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

Sat May 18 17:35:58
^ When your hear about stuff like that it is not very far fetched to believe in the stories about Trump participating in pee orgies at the Russian hotel.
Sat May 18 17:55:43
”German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that European politicians "must stand up to" far-right politicians "for sale", after a hidden-camera sting brought down nationalist Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache over allegations he was open to corruption.

"We are confronted with currents... who want to destroy the Europe of our values, and we must stand up to that decisively," Merkel said in Croatian capital Zagreb at a gathering of the conservative European People's Party (EPP) ahead of European Parliament elections.


See how easy it is in Europe. If you are a corrupt shithole politician who are selling yourself to a foreign country, you will be forced to resign and there will be a re-election.

In the US, Trump could go on national TV and call on Russians to attack/hack the US election, and nothing happens.
Renzo Marquez
Sat May 18 19:32:33
Member Sat May 18 17:55:43
"In the US, Trump could go on national TV and call on Russians to attack/hack the US election, and nothing happens."

LOL. I wondered if the international media coverage of this statement was as retarded as the domestic coverage. Confirmed. Trump's statement was an obvious joke about Clinton's deleted e-mails.
Mon May 27 09:49:21
Complete collapse


Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Leader, Is Ousted in No-Confidence Vote

May 27, 2019

BERLIN — Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria and his caretaker government were ousted from power on Monday with a no-confidence vote in Parliament as the ramifications of a secretly filmed video plunged the once-stable central European country further into political chaos.

Mr. Kurz, 32, became the first Austrian leader in more than seven decades to be removed from power by his fellow lawmakers. The action came despite a gain of eight percentage points of popular support for Mr. Kurz’s conservative People’s Party in the European Parliament elections.

It has been a turbulent week for Austrian politics. Mr. Kurz’s coalition government with the far-right Freedom Party collapsed after the party’s leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, resigned as vice chancellor when a video emerged that showed him promising government contracts to a woman claiming to be a wealthy Russian in exchange for financial support.

The meeting, which was filmed in 2017 without Mr. Strache’s knowledge, appears to have been a setup. But it nonetheless raised questions about the Freedom Party’s ethics, given their leader’s apparent willingness to trade political favors for Russian black money. Prosecutors in Vienna said on Monday that they had opened an investigation into who was behind the video.

After Mr. Strache resigned, Mr. Kurz fired Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, a leading Freedom Party member, prompting the remaining far-right ministers to quit in protest. The chancellor called for a snap election in September and replaced the four ministers with technocrats until a new government could be voted into power.

But opposition leaders accused Mr. Kurz of abusing their trust in his government by failing to work with them in organizing his interim government and by refusing to apologize for his role in the political chaos.

“You need to earn trust,” Pamela Rendi-Wagner, the leader of the Socialist Party, told lawmakers before calling for the confidence vote. “Cooperation and dialogue are the ground basis for trust, and trust is required for a majority in Parliament,” she said. “Mr. Chancellor, you and your government do not enjoy our trust.”

Mr. Kurz had defended his recent actions as necessary and said they had been made in consultation with President Alexander van der Bellen, who will now be called to name an interim chancellor who will govern until September. “To want to oust the whole government, a few weeks before an election, that is something that I don’t think anyone in this country can understand,” Mr. Kurz said to resounding applause from lawmakers from his party.

Austrian lawmakers use no-confidence votes as a form of protest, but only Mr. Kurz has been removed from office in one. Since the republic was founded after World War II, 185 previous votes have been brought against chancellors or their ministers; Mr. Strache faced one, and Mr. Kickl six.
Renzo Marquez
Mon May 27 19:40:06

Austria’s Strache wins EU Parliament seat despite scandal: reports
The ex-vice chancellor has received more than 35,000 votes.

By JUDITH MISCHKE 5/27/19, 5:26 PM CET Updated 5/27/19, 5:47 PM CET

show deleted posts

Your Name:
Your Password:
Your Message:
Bookmark and Share