Former Austrian PM quits politics amid graft scandal

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Series Details 6.9.11
Publication Date 06/09/2011
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EurActiv reported that former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel announced on the 5 September 2011 that he was quitting parliament amid a widening corruption scandal centred on Telekom Austria. Schüssel himself was not linked to the cases.

Three former members of the coalition between Schüssel’s People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Freedom Party (ÖVP) – ex-ÖVP Interior Minister Ernst Strasser, former FPÖ Traffic Minister Hubert Gorbach and former FPÖ Infrastructure Minister Mathias Reichhold – are accused of receiving millions of Euros by TA decision-makers or lobbyists cooperating with the company.

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