>All ministers from Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) are resigning, throwing the government into chaos.>The Freedom Party's leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who was also vice-chancellor, was forced to resign at the weekend after a video sting.>Mr Strache was filmed proposing to offer government contracts to a supposed Russian oligarch's niece.>The FPÖ threatened a mass resignation earlier on Monday if Interior Minister Herbert Kickl was also forced out.>Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had called over the weekend for Mr Kickl to be sacked, saying that as general secretary of the party he should take responsibility for the scandal.>The scandal broke on Friday when footage from 2017 was published in German media, showing Mr Strache and another FPÖ official proposing to offer government contracts to a supposed Russian oligarch's niece.
>Mr Strache resigned the next day and Mr Kurz - the head of the centre-right People's Party (ÖVP) - said new elections would have to be held.>The resigning FPÖ ministers include the foreign minister and ministers for defence, transport, and social affairs. The FPÖ made up half of the country's cabinet.>The video scandal comes at a particularly awkward time for the party. Voters across the EU go to the polls on 23-26 May, in European Parliament elections widely expected to boost the numbers of far-right and other Eurosceptic MEPs.>Before the scandal broke, the FPÖ was expected to score about 20% in the European elections.>It is not known who recorded the video published on Friday. Neither is it clear who set up the meeting, which allegedly took place at a villa on the Spanish island of Ibiza in July 2017 - before the FPÖ joined the new government.>The video shows Mr Strache and Johann Gudenus - another FPÖ politician - relaxing on sofas, drinking and talking to a woman who claims to be a wealthy Russian national looking to invest in Austria.>In the footage, the woman 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 [Viktor] Orban", a reference to Hungary's prime minister, described by critics as an authoritarian leader.>"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.>Mr Strache also named several journalists who would have to be "pushed" from the newspaper, and five other "new people whom we will build up".>As part of the deal, he suggested 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.>Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen called for early elections to be held in September. Chancellor Kurz said his party was "shocked" by Mr Strache's behaviour, which he called "a wrong approach to politics".>The scandal had damaged Austria's international reputation, Mr Kurz said, demanding a full investigation, saying the video might have criminal ramifications. "Anything illegal must be clarified," he said.>On Saturday Mr Kurz said this was not the first time he had had difficulties with the FPÖ.>"Even if I didn't express myself publicly at the time, there were many situations that I found difficult to swallow," he said. "After yesterday's video, I must say quite honestly: Enough is enough."
>Mr Kurz is now facing a vote of no-confidence is his leadership.>EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the EU had "followed in disbelief as a leader of a political party was seen negotiating access to media and institutions, in exchange for funds from external benefactors who clearly do not have Europeans' best interests at heart".>Russia has denied any involvement. "This is an incident that has not, and could not, have anything to do with us," said President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.>In 2016, the FPÖ signed a long-term co-operation agreement with Mr Putin's United Russia party, including joint efforts to "instil a patriotic spirit in the younger generation".
What's this? The right wing conspire with the Russians? And people wonder why Trump at the very least, tried to conspired with the Russians too.
>>400812Christ people truly are obsessed with trump, it’s not even a joke anymore.
>>400812>tried to conspired with the RussiansHe did not. The extensive and invasive investigation reveals no collision. Period. Stop spreading lies.
>>400820>He did notTrump Tower>InvestigationBarr's cover up version that mueller condemned.Now stop lying and denying reality. .
>>400822>denying realityI'd laugh, but it's not funny. You need to seek psychiatric treatment.
>>400820>invasive investigationSo what else is the FBI supposed to do when his campaign had so many contacts with Russians?
I'm shocked they resigned. In America they would've gotten raises
This is an obsession boarding on mania, it doesn’t even matter if he actually did something anymore, no one even remotely left of center seems to be happy unless people are screaming about him 24/7. The man could sneeze and it would be a Russian cold, eat ice cream and people complain about the flavor. I haven’t seen this level of character Assassination since Nixon.
>>400831Yeah being bought out by a foreign power happens all the time. Parties also completely collapse within hours of reporting. It's totally unfair and unreasonable to them. Think about their feelings.
>>400825>>invasive investigation>So what else is the FBI supposed to do when his campaign had so many contacts with Russians?They didn't. Another lie.
>>400822>Barr's cover up versionNot him but you're fucking delusional. You mean the version that redacted Grand Jury information that's illegal for him to release? I'm convinced Democrats all have brain damage at this point. There is no way they are not intentionally sabotaging their own party. Maybe Russians have ACTUALLY infiltrated them at this point and are giving them retarded ideas to shoot themselves in their own foot for 2020, because that seems to be the only logical explanation for why they continue to make such stupid attack angles.
>>400834>Dude if I deny reality enough, then reality will change to suit my internet shitpostsSorry sweetums, it doesn't work this way. Your fucking conspiracy theory is over and the best you have is bitching and moaning at this point./news/ is going down the shitter and it's entirely because it's becoming a branch of leftypol. You may as well start whinging about Pizzagate for all the evidence you have.
>>400838>Not him but...Into the trash your canned response goes. Stay mad that no one actually believes Barr and his cover up report.
>>400840>mum leftypol boogyman/pol/ crying about anyone else is really hilarious
>>400845> Muh Russia Boogeyman>Russians were literally not involved at allYou people are getting more desperate man blatantly misrepresenting every article you're posting
>>400848>Projecting and buzzwards ahoyYou really have nothing left of merit to say. The facts are simple, yet another right wing political group was caught conspiring with the Russians. Meanwhile Trump is still sucking Putin off even after his personally installed goon 'cleared' him, just ignore everyone else who's not the goon who said Trump committed crimes.OOPS.
>>400852LOLExcellent parody of the modern left anon, 9/10.
>>400776who do you think was behind the trap? Some far left people or maybe Kurz in order to secure more power
>>400852Yeah this is pretty good bait, but when left wing idiots have better reading comprehension than this
>>400815People were pretty fucking obsessed with Obama, you're point?
>>400834Anon this is nothing but a victim complex mixed with an obsession to see one man be blamed for everything wrong with America. They tried it with this Russian thing, and judging by the way the media has moved on, that failed horribly, so now it’s just literally anything, his tax returns, his family, his business, his favorite flavor of ice cream, even if there was something, it’s been buried in pointless vendettas and fear mongering to the point where the Democratic Party is becoming a joke and the public just doesn’t care
>>400864That they stopped after he went in and didn’t hound the fucker for his entire presidency like he was Satan
>>400866Yeah, I know right Obamacare was well received in the right wing media and they didn't constantly call him a Muslim, Socialist, antichrist, commie, literal Hitler and didn't question is place of birth.
>>400776Another world war?
>>400869Let us know when the news declared it open punching season on his supporters and lied about him receiving help from China
>>400822>>Trump TowerDebunked>Barr's cover up version that mueller condemned.Debunked
>>400876Prove he worked with Russia
>>400869>that>even remotely similar Tell me where the media went on a 3 year witch hunt for Obama, not to mention this level of character Assassination not seen since Nixon
>>400884>Witch Hunt>Character AssassinationBearing in mind that Nixon did provably commit illegal acts that were so public it created a huge national scandal, there's also a very good chance that Trump did too.
>>400884Wait you mean the same media that imploded when he wore a brown suit?
>>400886>very good chance If there was any chance this would have been over two years ago, this is been nothing but an drawn out mess that has killed almost any trust the American people have in our government not being a huge joke and run by children and psychopaths.
>>400892Did they run that same story for his entire presidency and try to publicly shame him for it?
>>400894But the American government has always been run by children and psychopaths why the fuck would you not want people to know that
>>400895Did Obama weat that suit once or did he wear it, pretend like he didn't, then say he always wore it and that was fake news?I like how Trump is absolutely not responsible for any of the shit he gets hit with. You'd think the party of muh bootstraps would be consistent. Then again y'all just following his senile example. Hopefully this grown ass man who's allegedly the greatest diplomat and negotiator will stop getting bullied
>>400896>alwaysI’m pretty sure the first few were at least decent humans, but fair enough That said this has been nothing but a disaster, shown the Democratic Party is nothing but a bunch of whiny fucks who will screech for years on end if they don’t get their way, not to mention highlighting the fact that most media outlets are heavily leafy leaning to the point of blatant bias.It’s also show the republicans are a joke too, essentially have no ability to control this mess and their candidate they put into office.>>400897I legitimately have no clue what fucking suit your talking about, trumps a big mouthed retard, sure he’s senile, but st this point every fucking politition is so separated from reality I’m not even sure we live in the same reality as them anymore, we certainly don’t have any real sway in our government anymore as a people
How did one man cause this much collective ass pain? He’s gonna be the next Hitler at this rate and he’s done almost nothing spectacular aside from exist and poke China
>>400899By having a Twitter and basing his life on Fox News
>>400901So it’s that easy to manipulate the Democratic Party?>>400900So did the republicans run with this for three years, and the rest of the media use it to smear him and treat him like Hitler, or did it just disappear after a month?
>>400898You keep saying other politicians are disconnected from reality when the reality is that president of the United states, which is a position that's a really big deal to some people in and out of office, is literally a fucking 70 something year old senile shitposter who literally puts his entire foot and shoe into his mouth anytime anything happens and has made a situation unironically worse for himself and then complained about it and literally managing to single handily caused that whole disconnect from reality when he spent every waking second calling everything that wasn't kissing his ass fake news. Not everyone is a vicious shitposter themselves who can shrug off the diarrhea that flies out his mouth and of course as the damn president you're gonna have your words and opinions watched with zealous scrutiny. He literally can't come out of any controversy with any modicum of grace and lashes out like a child every single time. What in the absolute fuck are you talking about? All Trump literally had to do to not exacerbate himself into this "witchhunt" was delete Twitter and take some fucking Aricept.
>>400902>Obama does thing once >Media implodes>Moves on>Trump does thing>Media implodes >Trump says he didn't do or say thing >Media implodes >Trump doubles down on thing >Media Implodes>Calls everything fake news >Media implodes >Twitter rant about thing >Media implodes >Trump finally moves on and does it again with different thingI'm really trying to figure out how nothing is his fault and he has no hand in it by being an abrasive asshole with 0 grace and easily mocked mannerisms
>>400908I honestly wonder if he didn’t because he realized the media would shit on him irregardless and wanted to see how far he could go, I mean the entirety of his presidency has been one long running joke, why not just egg everyone on.
>>400920I wish everyday That we'd be blessed to find out Trump just has tourettes I'd feel a lot safer knowing he wasn't purposely RRRRRREEEEEEEEEE'ing every day
>>400882Trump Tower meeting and how Trump puts Russian interests ahead of America (Helsinki) Now prove they didn't happen.
>>400909Which has what to do with austria? Is that Trumps fault, too?How about you head back down to the democrats sex dungeon? Obama has a tentacle for you to lick.
>>401171Are you okay anon? Your programming seems bugged
>>400911>irregardlessI know that 14 year old burgers receive marxist indoctrination in lieu of an education, but hasn't this redundant abomination been purged yet? Regardless. It's 'regardless'.
>>400837Read the report. The Trump campaign had numerous contacts with the Russians.
Russian agents are really trying to deflect in this thread.
>>401216I thought the Russian meme was already played out to death.But I guess you shitheads who have been posting these low quality threads the last week or so are really committed to lowering the quality of discourse on this site
>>401221Awww, you're just angry cause you got caught.
Argument has been replaced by snark. I have positions and evidence for them but it doesn't matter. Your mind won't change regardless. I come here for the snark. It's like political fan fiction. Maybe that's all it ever was. I mean democracy inherently gives power to the best manipulator. Was there ever really responsive government?
>>400865Russia Russia Russia existed to distract from podesta emails. And it worked. Leftists blamed a phantom and rightists were too busy calling leftists on it. The only people who actually read them went pizzagate and #DNCFraudLawsuit and both are dismissed as crazies. In short Russia Russia Russia was wildly successful.
>>401192> talking to people is collusion now.> like russophobia isn't bigotry> are you now or have you ever been a member of the komminist pahtee.Good night and good luck.
>>401257>are you now or have you ever been trying to actively solicit dirt on your political opponents or other material support from foreign powersFtfy
>>401256Are you literally trying to claim that focusing on Russia interfering in our election was a distraction from the emails that Russia hacked and distributed to people? LOL Congrats, you win the prestigious most retarded poster I've seen all day award!
>>400777>supposed Russian oligarch's niece.she is Lithuanian secret agent. BBC already knows it and doesn't publish it.
>>401294All DAY?Where have you been browsing? Thats gotta be all week.
>>401294>>401300You just proved my point. And it wasn't even Russia. If they wanted to hack something the voting machines themselves are 1000x more vulnerable.If the content of the podesta emails is worthless enough to ignore than why would Russia hack them?I love how easily programmed people are.>>401270So any opposition research is criminal now. By that logic voting makes us all traitors since who ever we vote for help some foreign state or other.Mindless.
>>400909You should change it to>Obama does trivial thingand>Trump does really awful thing
>>401517>It wasn't even RussiaEveryone but Trump and the Russians disagree with you.
>>401270>>are you now or have you ever been trying to actively solicit dirt on your political opponents or other material support from foreign powersLike the Clinton campaign did with the Steele dossier.
>>402018I totally remember when the Steele Dossier hacked into election machines and waged a massive cyber warfare campaign against America.Oh wait, that was Trump and the Russians.
>>401294> Russia hacked E-mail accounts.Revealing illegal activity.Russia made all E-mails open to the public.> Russia attempts to sway election by revealing the criminal activity of our candidate.Are you saying that PROOF that the candidate is pedo rapist murderer, shouldn't count? Because it was illegally obtained? dafuq?