Austria’s Kurz steps down amid corruption allegations

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is stepping down amid allegations of financial impropriety, thereby avoiding a vote of no confidence and a potential government collapse. The move comes after Austrian prosecutors named the conservative politician as a suspect in a corruption case involving the use of public funds to pay for positive media coverage. “My country is more important to me than myself,” Kurz said after announcing that he was resigning to keep the coalition government led by his conservative OeVP-led party intact. Austria Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg of the OeVP is to ta…

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