The German intelligence service classifies the AfD as a suspected case.
This means that the party is under nationwide surveillance.
Cologne - The invisible fight between the AfD * and the German constitution protection has been going on since January.
At the beginning of the year, the classification of the “Alternative for Germany” was expected as a suspected case.
The party had prevented a press conference and public announcements through several urgent motions and lawsuits.
AfD a "right-wing extremist suspected case": the protection of the Constitution ranks the whole party despite a lawsuit
But now the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has decided.
The AfD is being observed nationwide as a "suspected right-wing extremist case".
Media reports unanimously that BfV President Thomas Haldenweg informed the heads of the state constitutional protection authorities in a video conference on Wednesday.
So far, the party has only been considered a "test case".
The Office for the Protection of the Constitution is now allowed to use all intelligence services to control the AfD.
This includes telephone and mail monitoring and the use of informants.
AfD report has almost 1000 pages - documents checked in the Ministry of the Interior
"With a view to the ongoing proceedings and out of respect for the court, the BfV does not speak publicly on this matter," a spokesman for the authorities avoided
However, there is no official confirmation either.
The AfD's lawsuit in January led to the protection of the Constitution making a standstill promise.
However, the Cologne administrative court has extensive documents to assess the AfD.
A working group of the protection of the constitution had drawn up an opinion on the AfD.
It has around 1000 pages, reports the
It contains collected statements from AfD functionaries at party conferences, interviews, election campaign appearances and on social media.
In addition, the experts list and evaluate contacts and connections between AfD politicians and anti-constitutional networks and people.
This justification for the AfD assessment has now been checked again by lawyers in the Ministry of the Interior *.
Assessment of the AfD: the role of the "wing" is decisive - the protection of the Constitution still sees influence
The role of the ethnic-national “wing” within the AfD is decisive for the protection of the constitution.
This has meanwhile been dissolved by the party.
And Andreas Kalbitz, who was “proven right-wing extremist” according to the protection of the constitution, was thrown out.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution nevertheless assumes that the “wing” continues to play a significant role within the AfD.
In research, this is referred to as a so-called "effervescent tablet theory".
If a tablet dissolves in water and is no longer visible, it does not lose its effectiveness.
The AfD is now considered a "suspected case of right-wing extremism".
Nevertheless, according to
the Federal Office promised to
observe the party as a whole only to a limited extent.
MEPs at European, federal or state level should therefore not be monitored.
At least as long as the court is still examining two urgent applications from the AfD.