By STEPHANIE LIECHTENSTEIN
VIENNA (AP) — A trial has opened of former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on a charge of having made false statements to a parliamentary inquiry into alleged corruption in his first government. Once a rising star among conservatives in Europe, Kurz resigned in 2021 amid a separate corruption probe and has since left politics. Kurz, who denies the charge, could face up to three years in prison if convicted. The case centers on his testimony to an inquiry that focused on the coalition he led from 2017, when his conservative People’s Party formed a government with the far-right Freedom Party, until its collapse in 2019. Kurz said the investigation was influenced by politics.