On Friday, just over a week before the European Parliament elections, some of the major German media reported, citing a video recording made during a July 2017 meeting in Ibiza, Spain, that an alleged niece of a Russian oligarch offered Strache to provide his Freedom Party (FPO) with money and buy half of shares in Austria's largest newspaper in order to make the outlet support the FPO ahead of the election, while Strache reportedly offered the woman government construction contracts in return. The scandal resulted in Strache’s resignation from the posts of vice-chancellor and FPO leader.
Strache said that the woman was, in fact, a Russian-speaking Latvian citizen. He also described the situation as a trap and a “political assassination.”
Amid the scandal, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for holding snap parliamentary elections refusing to maintain a government coalition with the FPO.