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European: Russian Woman and European Parliament

european: Standing before journalists and TV cameras, Strache announced his resignation without taking questions, according to CTV. He said he was set up in a political assassination but added that his behaviour in the video was stupid, irresponsible and a mistake. The resignation was a black eye for populist and nationalist forces who favour tighter European immigration policies and comes only a few days before the May 23-26 elections in 28 European Union nations to fill the European parliament. The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and the weekly Der Spiegel on Friday published extracts of a covert video purportedly showing Strache offering government contracts to a Russian woman allegedly interested in investing large amounts of money in Austria. He said he had had no further contact with the woman and she gave no contributions to his party. The 49-year-old politician said had been in a state of increasing alcohol intoxication and had behaved like a teenager in an attempt to impress the attractive host at an Ibiza villa. ( As reported in the news.