Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L) and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache in Seggau, Austria, on January 5, 2018.
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Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L) and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache in Seggau, Austria, on January 5, 2018.
In a TV debate, Austrian vice chancellor and FPÖ leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said that American billionaire George Soros has a strong connection with Europe's migrant crisis.

During the debate between the leader of the FPÖ and Christian Kern, who is leader of the SPÖ, Soros was an emotionally charged subject, Austria's Der Standard reports.

While talking about Soros, Strache said that "the involvement of Soros in supporting the movement of refugees to Europe is not a rumour, but a fact".

Kern replied: "What Strache does turns my stomach. Soros's image of an enemy is made by neo-Nazis and you use that on him. They transcend the boundaries of decency and morality." The SPÖ leader accused the FPO leader of anti-Semitism in connection with Soros.

The vice chancellor called the allegations "absurd" and "low-class" and spoke of "bad allegations". Strache said Kern tries to "poison the well". Criticism of Soros is legitimate and justified, like the criticism that came from the Israeli prime minister.