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Austria’s Far-Right Freedom Party Ministers All Resign Amid Scandal

May 23, 2019

Episode Notes:

On the heels of a political scandal with Austria's Vice Chancellor The far-right Freedom Party (FPO) quit Austria's coalition government on Tuesday after the president sided with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and sacked the hardline FPO interior minister, paving the way for a caretaker government.

Alina Polyakova, Director of the Project on Global Democracy and Emerging Technologies and Fellow at the Brookings Institution, joins the Warcast to discuss the seriousness and key lessons about Russian influence and trends with European far-right populism. (~11 minutes)

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:53 ] Summary of the scandal involving Austria's Vice Chancellor
[ 3:20 ] Impact on the coalition government
[ 4:46 ] Susceptibility to Russian influence operations
[ 7:34 ] Particular vulnerability of far-right parties

Twitter: @apolyakova

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