Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will face a no-confidence vote in his leadership in a special parliamentary session on Monday over a corruption scandal that has shaken his right-wing FPO party and the whole country.
The recent corruption scandal involving Heinz-Christian Strache, now Austria's ex-vice-chancellor and a former leader of Kurz's ruling Freedom Party (FPO) came as an unpleasant surprise just a week before the grand European election that previously promised Kurz a significant boost in influence and new allies in the continent's largest institution.
Strache was filmed in the apparent sting operation offering to fix state contracts for a woman posing as a Russian oligarch's niece. The video, shot in 2017, was published by two German newspapers on Friday. Strache announced his resignation on Saturday, sparking a government turmoil and a chain of ministerial resignations.
If a majority vote against Kurz, President Alexander Van der Bellen would have to appoint a new head of government. The FPO and the opposition Social Democrats — the second-biggest party in parliament — have not yet said whether or not they will support the chancellor.