Austrian vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache says he is resigning after two German newspapers published footage of him apparently offering lucrative government contracts to a potential Russian benefactor.
Strache in a statement before assembled journalists said that he was illegally set up in a “political assassination” but added his behavior in the video was “stupid, irresponsible and a mistake.”
The scandal has led to speculation about the future of the governing coalition between Strache’s anti-immigration Freedom Party and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s center-right People’s Party.
Scenarios include replacing Strache in the cabinet with another party member or ending the coalition for new elections. Kurz has so far not spoken publicly.
The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and the weekly Der Spiegel on Friday published extracts of covert video purportedly showing Strache offering government contracts to a Russian woman purportedly…