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Austria's Kurz says emails linking him to scandal are fakes

Jun. 17, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says emails suggesting his involvement in a scandal involving his previous coalition partners are fakes. Kurz said Monday experts found multiple inconsistencies to confirm they weren't genuine, including the IP address, time stamps and email addresses...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...

Austria swears in first female chancellor, pledges stability

Jun. 3, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria swore in its first female chancellor Monday at the head of an interim government that will serve until after an election expected in September. The 69-year-old Brigitte Bierlein, previously the head of Austria's top court, will lead a Cabinet of non-partisan experts. "I am...

Austria: Top court justice to lead caretaker government

May. 30, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's president said Thursday he will appoint the head of the country's top court to lead a caretaker government until new elections in September, after the previous one collapsed over a video scandal. Brigitte Bierlein, who has been president of Austria's Constitutional Court since...

Austrian president dismisses Kurz govt, seeks interim leader

May. 28, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's president formally dissolved the country's government Tuesday, a day after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz lost a no-confidence vote in parliament. President Alexander Van der Bellen's move followed more than a week of turmoil that began with the publication of a video showing a coalition...

Ousted by parliament, Austria's Kurz vows to win job back

May. 27, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was ousted by parliament in a no-confidence vote Monday, paving the way for a new election. The young leader, riding high in popular support, defiantly vowed that he and his center-right People's Party would return to power with increased strength. The vote...

The Latest: Austria's Kurz looks forward to fall election

May. 27, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Austria's political crisis (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Austria's ousted chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, has told a cheering crowd in Vienna just hours after he lost a no-confidence vote that he is looking to increase his center-right party's support in a September election. To...

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is ousted by parliament in no-confidence vote

May. 27, 2019 10:21 AM EDT
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is ousted by parliament in no-confidence vote.

Key countries to watch after high-stakes Europe-wide vote

May. 26, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — After voters in all 28 European Union countries elected a new shared parliament , here are results in some key countries that will help determine Europe's direction: ITALY Italy's anti-migrant, anti-Islam interior minister, Matteo Salvini, boosted his right-wing League party to become the...

Austrian politician "ashamed" of behavior caught on video

May. 24, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Heinz-Christian Strache, who resigned as Austria's vice chancellor and the leader of the far-right Freedom Party over an influence-peddling video, says he's ashamed of his behavior. Strache's lawyer released a statement Friday in which his client condemned the video showing him appearing to...