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Jesús Olivares Guerrero

Jesús Olivares Guerrero is a recent graduate in Communication Studies from the University of Granada. He has spent one year at University of California, Davis on an academic merit scholarship. Jesus has coordinated advertising campaigns for Apple, Google and Verizon, and worked with political parties as well as public affairs firms. His current interests are EU politics, public policy, and political risk.

Much has been written about the Austrian Parliamentary election 2017 and its aftermath. Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) recently became Europe’s youngest head of government after reaching a coalition agreement with the right-wing FPÖ. He had cleared the path to becoming Austrian Chancellor by defeating incumbent Christian Kern (SPÖ) in a controversial election. This article examines the so-called Causa Silberstein, exploring the reasons that turned the affair into a scandal, and asking if it contributed to the defeat of the SPÖ in the Austrian Parliamentary election. The Silberstein Affair At the end of September, Austrian magazine Profil reported that Kern’s Israeli political consultant Tal Silberstein was behind two Facebook pages: ¨Wir für Sebastian Kurz¨ (¨We for Sebastian Kurz¨) and ¨Die Wahrheit über …