Did the Liechtenstein princely family evade paying taxes with the help of the Austrian government? A committee of inquiry is to clarify this. Spicy chat messages burden Sebastian Kurz’s circle of power.
Thomas Schmid was quite shocked when he read the text message from Gabriela Spiegelfeld, a confidant and advisor to Austria’s then Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. “Oh God! I’ll take care of it!” promised the Secretary General of the Austrian Ministry of Finance immediately. “Perfect,” Spiegelfeld replied, “we will still need the Liechtensteins.”