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The AfD is rightly suspected of being a far-right party

The AfD is rightly suspected of being a far-right party

The AfD's appeal was rejected in the dispute over the party's classification.

the Supreme Administrative Court of Münster he have Appeal from the Alternative for Germany party Rejected in the dispute over the party's classification as a suspected case by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

The oral negotiations, which lasted seven days, addressed the question of whether the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution should support the AfD and its youth organisation. Youth alternative It has been rightly classified as a suspected case of right-wing extremism. The court in Münster confirmed a ruling issued by the lower court on Monday.

When justifying the ruling, it was said that the Office for the Protection of the Constitution maintained proportionality in its measures. The procedure is compatible with basic law, European law and international law.

“Defensive democracy must not be a toothless tiger.”

He stressed that the powers of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution are “by no means unlimited,” but a well-fortified democracy should not be a “toothless tiger.” Gerald BuckChief Justice of the Fifth Senate, in justifying the decision.

In its justification, he said the Senate was satisfied that there was well-founded doubt “that it is consistent with the political objectives of at least a significant part of the AfD of granting only German citizens with an immigrant background a legally reduced status.” According to the Basic Law, this is “unacceptable discrimination.”

The ruling, which is not yet legally binding, comes in the middle of the campaign for the European elections at the beginning of June and in preparations for state elections in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony. According to polls, the Alternative for Germany party is particularly strong in the states of eastern Germany. The state associations of Thuringia and Saxony – like those in Saxony-Anhalt – are classified as “definitely right-wing extremists” by the constitutional protection authorities of these federal states.

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The party's lawyers have already announced that they will move to the next court.