Austrian Chancellor under investigation for corruption
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is under investigation after allegations that government money was used in a corrupt deal to secure positive coverage in a tabloid newspaper, the Guardian reports.
Finance Minister Gernot Blumel confirmed that a raid had taken place at his ministry and Austrian media reported that the chancellor was also a suspect.
It is suspected that between 2016 and 2018, funds from the Ministry of Finance were used to fund manipulated polls that served a political interest.
Prosecutors allege that an unidentified media company received payments in exchange for publishing inaccurate polls. The company in question has not been officially identified, but has been widely identified in the Austrian media as the tabloid Osterreich.
The Osterreich-led group issued a statement denying that manipulation had taken place during the publication of its polls.
There has not yet been any direct reaction from Kurz, who attended yesterday's summit of EU leaders in Slovenia.