Merkel urges Europe to stand up to politicians ‘for sale’ May 19, 2019 0 538 12345 AFPZagrebGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that European politicians “must stand up to” far-right politicians “for sale”, after a hidden-camera sting brought down nationalist Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache over allegations he was open to corruption.“We are confronted with currents... who want to destroy the Europe of our values, and we must stand up to that decisively,” Merkel said in Croatian capital Zagreb at a gathering of the conservative European People’s Party (EPP) ahead of European Parliament elections. While far-right parties rejected values like protecting minorities and basic human rights, Merkel said, “politicians being for sale plays a role, and we must act decisively against all of that”.Germany’s Der Spiegel and Sueddeutsche Zeitung late Friday published video recordings, allegedly showing Freedom Party (FPOe) leader Strache promising public contracts in return for campaign help from a fake Russian backer. Merkel’s intervention followed a string of appeals from leading German politicians for voters not to follow the neighbouring country’s example by putting the far right in positions of power.“People like this mustn’t be allowed to take any responsibility in Europe,” the leader of Merkel’s centre-right CDU party Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said. Austria’s conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had been “irresponsible” to invite the FPOe into his government, foreign minister Heiko Maas of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) said, calling them “enemies of freedom”. RELATED ARTICLES Biden holds US election kick-off rally amid Democrat attacks May 19, 2019 0 1596 Conservatives retain power in ‘miracle’ Australian elections May 19, 2019 0 821 Brexit legislation needs to include public vote: Labour’s Starmer May 19, 2019 0 1388 Austria scandal overshadows Salvini’s European nationalist rally AFP Milan Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini on Saturday gathered Europe’s disparate nationalists for a unifying rally overshadowed by a major corruption scandal shaking Austria’s far-right coalition. The .. Austrian far-right leader resigns over ‘Ibiza affair’ Vienna: Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, a key figure of the European far-right, resigned Saturday after explosive revelations from a hidden camera sting, just days before key EU elections. “I .. Thousands of Poles, including Tusk, hold pro-EU rally before vote AFP Warsaw European Council chief Donald Tusk on Saturday joined thousands at a pro-Europe opposition rally in Warsaw, calling on his fellow Poles to vote against the eurosceptic governing conservatives in this .. British royals celebrate third wedding in 12 months London: The British royal family gathered for its third Windsor Castle wedding in a year as Lady Gabriella Windsor tied the knot on Saturday, with Queen Elizabeth II watching on. Windsor, 38, the daughter of the monarch’s .. Venezuela’s Maduro hails start of Norway-brokered talks with oppn Caracas: President Nicolas Maduro welcomed Friday the “beginning of talks” with the Venezuelan opposition in Norway, after months of bloody clashes between the two sides. “The talks have begun nicely to move toward .. N Korea demands UN action over ship seizure by ‘gangster’ US AFP Seoul North Korea has demanded the United Nations take “urgent measures” to help return a cargo ship taken by the United States, calling the seizure a “heinous” act. Washington announced last week it had taken ..