Germany’s far-right AfD party remains under close surveillance – rts.ch

Germany’s far-right AfD party remains under close surveillance – rts.ch
Germany’s far-right AfD party remains under close surveillance – rts.ch

The AfD suffered a setback on Monday after the courts authorized German intelligence services to maintain close surveillance of this group because it is suspected of “extremism”. German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser welcomed the ruling, saying it “shows that our democracy has the means to defend itself.”

The decision of the court in Münster, north-west Germany, to reject an AfD request against its classification as “suspicious of extremism” is a hard blow for the party, four weeks before the European elections and three months of regional elections in the east of the country, where she hopes to score points.

“Our rule of law has instruments that protect our democracy against threats from within. It is precisely these instruments that are used and which have just been confirmed again by an independent court,” declared the social minister. Democrat in a press release.

>> Details from Pascal Thibaut in the 12:45 p.m.:

Pascal Thibaut, RTS correspondent in Germany, discusses the court’s decision to reject the AfD’s request against its classification as an “extremist party” / 12:45 p.m. / 1 ​​min. / today at 12:45

A long legal dispute

This legal dispute has been going on since 2021: the German domestic intelligence services (BfV) then decided to categorize the AfD, a populist anti-immigration party, as a “group suspected of right-wing extremism”, which allows closer surveillance .

The AfD challenged this decision in court and in 2022 the court in Cologne (west) rejected its request, which led the party to turn to the higher judicial authority in Münster.

The party “does not have the right to demand that the BfV refrain from monitoring it”, affirmed the Münster court in its judgment. Existing laws “provide a sufficient legal basis to observe (this party, editor’s note) as a suspect”, he added.

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