World'Going to Ibiza' - Austria scandal sends '90s dance hit to number 1

19:55  22 may  2019
19:55  22 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Lost Your Passport? For Americans in Austria, Any McDonald’s Can Help

Lost Your Passport? For Americans in Austria, Any McDonald’s Can Help For American tourists who find themselves in a bind in Austria and don’t know the German words for police (“polizei”), “help!” (“hilfe!”) or the European equivalent of 911 (112), any McDonald’s will do. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Under a new partnership announced by the United States Embassy in Vienna, beginning on Wednesday, American citizens need only locate the golden arches of the fast-food chain restaurant to seek help to contact a consular office.

'Going to Ibiza' - Austria scandal sends '90s dance hit to number 1© Reuters/Jayanta Shaw FILE PHOTO: THE DUTCH POP BAND VENGABOYS PERFORM IN CALCUTTA.

VIENNA (Reuters) - While Austrian politicians have been in crisis mode since a video sting led to the collapse of the right-wing government, one song has become an unlikely anthem: the 1999 sing-a-long party hit "We're Going to Ibiza" by Dutch pop group Vengaboys.

The Austrian government collapsed over the weekend after far-right Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache resigned as vice chancellor. He had been filmed at a villa on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza offering to fix state contracts for favors from a woman posing as a Russian oligarch's niece.

Austrian Leader Calls for Snap Election After Far-Right Vice Chancellor Resigns

Austrian Leader Calls for Snap Election After Far-Right Vice Chancellor Resigns Austria’s chancellor called on Saturday for snap elections after the country’s far-right vice chancellor resigned over a secretly filmed video from 2017 that renewed questions about whether Russia had a direct line into a government at the heart of Europe. The video showed Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the far-right Freedom Party promising government contracts to a woman claiming to be the niece of a Russian oligarch. “After yesterday’s video, enough is enough,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a room packed with reporters on Saturday night in the capital Vienna. He said he had asked Austria’s president to hold a new election “as soon as possible.

Strache has denied breaking the law but accepted that the video was "catastrophic". Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, a conservative who formed a coalition with the far right in 2017, pulled the plug on his government and called a snap election.

Since Strache stepped down on Saturday, the far right's political opponents have been partying to Vengaboys.

According to the website PopVortex, "We're Going to Ibiza" is now the number 1 download on iTunes in Austria. More than 5,000 people chanted the song at the Vienna Heldenplatz central square next to the Hofburg palace presidential residence after Strache quit government on Saturday.

German comedian Jan Boehmermann, who knew about the Strache video weeks before it was published and whose role in its release has been the source of speculation in Austria, posted a YouTube link to the song's music video on Twitter on Sunday.

The pop group expressed its joy in a reply tweet. "Wow, Going to Ibiza is #1 in Austria," it said. "Hey @janboehm did you make this happen?!"

A popular Austrian satire TV program played the song at the beginning of the show on Tuesday.

The Vengaboys will give an open air concert in the Austrian province of Carinthia on August 23. Tickets are still available, a spokeswoman for event agency SEMTAINMENT said.

(Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Peter Graff)

Read More

Austria names its first female chancellor.
Austria is to welcome its first female chancellor after Brigitte Bierlein, head of the country's highest court, was appointed to lead a caretaker government following the fall of the right-wing coalition to a corruption scandal.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 9
This is interesting!