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Austria: Video and FPO's reaction to it ended coalition - Kurz

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M/S Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz entering room, Vienna
SOT, Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor (German): "The mood within the People's Party is very united. The video, and especially the reaction of the Freedom Party, has shaken us all and showed that there is, in our point of view, deceitful entry into politics, an entry which is not ours, as we as People's Party, have always had the aim of serving the people and the country."
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SOT, Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor (German): "The video and also how the Freedom Party handled it, means the sudden end of the coalition. It has destroyed our common work in this government, and also destroyed our country's reputation in the eyes of the world. In the Federal Party Executive, we were in complete agreement that this government has done good work. All members of the party leadership are 100% supportive of our plans, from the fight against the illegal immigration to reducing the tax burden, and ending debt policy."
SOT, Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor (German): "I will do everything I can with the Federal President to ensure stability in the coming months. And I will also try to make the opposition parties pull their weight. We need stable relations within Austria and also especially to be able to contribute on a European level in the coming months.
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SCRIPT
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that the coalition with the Austrian Freedom Party (FPO) ended due to a video scandal and party's reaction to it, speaking in Vienna on Monday.
"The video and also how the Freedom Party handled it, means the sudden end of the coalition. It has destroyed our common work in this government, and also destroyed our country's reputation in the eyes of the world," stressed Kurz.
He promised to bring "stability" back in the coming months.
Earlier, Sebastian Kurz announced that the country will hold snap elections in the wake of a scandal involving his former Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache that resulted in his resignation.
A widely-circulated video shows Strache allegedly accepting support in the elections from a woman claiming to have Russian ties in exchange for public contracts in 2017.