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Germany: Berlin dubs Austrian snap elections 'reasonable' in wake of video scandal

Germany, Berlin
May 20, 2019 at 13:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

A German government spokesperson said that the decision of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to call for snap elections in his country was "reasonable," in the wake of a scandal involving his former Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache that resulted in his resignation.

Speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Monday, spokesperson Martina Fietz added that "we work closely with the Austrian partners and I cannot report any distrust to you."

A widely-circulated video shows Strache allegedly accepting support in the latest round of Austrian elections from a woman claiming to have Russian ties in exchange for public contracts in 2017.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Rainier Breul also responded to a question about recent bellicose tweets by US President Donald Trump directed at Iran, saying that "we disapprove of reciprocal threads and verbal escalation, which might - even without having the intention to - lead to an even bigger escalation."

""And in the current case I can only repeat, what my colleague of the Foreign Ministry has said, that we don't [...] an aggravation in rhetoric, that we condemn this and that we have no interest in worsening the situation," echoed Fietz.

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A German government spokesperson said that the decision of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to call for snap elections in his country was "reasonable," in the wake of a scandal involving his former Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache that resulted in his resignation.

Speaking at a press conference in Berlin on Monday, spokesperson Martina Fietz added that "we work closely with the Austrian partners and I cannot report any distrust to you."

A widely-circulated video shows Strache allegedly accepting support in the latest round of Austrian elections from a woman claiming to have Russian ties in exchange for public contracts in 2017.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Rainier Breul also responded to a question about recent bellicose tweets by US President Donald Trump directed at Iran, saying that "we disapprove of reciprocal threads and verbal escalation, which might - even without having the intention to - lead to an even bigger escalation."

""And in the current case I can only repeat, what my colleague of the Foreign Ministry has said, that we don't [...] an aggravation in rhetoric, that we condemn this and that we have no interest in worsening the situation," echoed Fietz.

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