Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz steps down amid corruption probe

Kurz denies wrongdoing and had said he was willing to keep governing with his coalition partner, the Greens. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Saturday he is stepping down after being placed under investigation on suspicion of corruption offenses, but he plans to stay on as the leader of his party and its top lawmakerContinue reading “Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz steps down amid corruption probe”

Two transgender women win seats in German parliament

Two German politicians from the Greens have made history by becoming the first transgender women to win parliamentary seats in Sunday’s national election. Tessa Ganserer and Nyke Slawik stood for the Greens party, which came third in the election, increasing its share of the vote to 14.8% from 8.9% in 2017 and is set toContinue reading “Two transgender women win seats in German parliament”

German Social Democrats beat conservatives in vote to decide Merkel successor

Social Democrats (SPD) ahead – projected results SPD’s Scholz claims clear mandate for pragmatic government But conservative Laschet also vows to seek coalition Chancellor Angela Merkel is not seeking a fifth term Germany’s Social Democrats narrowly won Sunday’s national election, projected results showed, and claimed a “clear mandate” to lead a government for the firstContinue reading “German Social Democrats beat conservatives in vote to decide Merkel successor”

German millionaires rush assets to Switzerland ahead of election

A potential lurch to the left in Germany’s election on Sunday is scaring millionaires into moving assets into Switzerland, bankers and tax lawyers say. If the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), hard-left Linke and environmentalist Greens come to power, the reintroduction of a wealth tax and a tightening of inheritance tax could be on the politicalContinue reading “German millionaires rush assets to Switzerland ahead of election”

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