Chancellor denies knowledge of sites of antisemitic and xenophobic conspiracy theories, allegedly run by former adviser

Austria’s centre-left chancellor is battling allegations that his party paid for a group of websites churning out xenophobic and antisemitic conspiracy theories in order to discredit his main challenger in the eyes of far-right supporters.

The scandal, which has rocked Austrian politics two weeks before the country goes to the polls to elect a new government, centres on at least two Facebook sites dedicated to the centre-right foreign minister and candidate for chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.

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