The Greens, coalition partner of the Austrian People’s Party (OPV) of Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, said this Friday that the formation had “responsibility” in the context of the investigation into alleged corruption of Kurz and his closest circle.
“Kurz is constantly trying to defend himself against allegations that searches are being carried out in the ministries that make work more difficult,” said Greens leader Sigrid Maurer. “Maurer has assured that the Greens will not take part want to be a coalition in which Kurz appears as Chancellor.
The Greens have launched a round of consultations with opposition parties to discuss possible ways forward. In the morning they met with the chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), Pamela Rendi-Wagner, in the afternoon there are talks with the New Austria and Liberal Forum (NEOS) and the Party for Freedom of Austria (FPO), so ‘Der Standaard ‘.
Kurz, who met the Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen, appealed on Thursday to the presumption of innocence and spoke out in favor of a continuation of the coalition government after the judiciary in the headquarters of the OPV and in various offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The searches were carried out as part of the investigation into alleged corruption offenses. It is related to surveys allegedly commissioned by the Austrian Ministry of Finance, in which Kurz and the Austrian People’s Party were favored and which appeared in a media group in the country.
The investigators assume that the financial portfolio has diverted money for the elections, which, according to the prosecutor, were motivated “exclusively for the political further development of the party”. The publication in the media group was accompanied by an advertising cooperation of more than 1.1 million euros. The media group rejects the allegations.
Briefly, inciting the payment of bribes is accused, several people from his immediate circle, in particular his media strategists Johannes Frischmann and Gerald Fleischmann, are accused of paying bribes.