"Alternative to Germany" presents conservative views, and many of its leaders supported Corona deniers • The country's constitutional defense agency will be able to follow activists
Position of "Alternative to Germany" speeches in the Bundestag
Eight months before the general election to the Bundestag in Germany and a few weeks before a series of provincial elections, the German security service declared "Alternative to Germany", the main opposition party, suspected of being an extreme right-wing party.
The populist right-wing party, formed eight years ago in response to the euro crisis and strengthened following the refugee crisis, became the third largest party in the 2017 general election in the German House of Representatives.
In a series of district elections held in the past two years in the former East German regions, the "Alternative" has become the second largest party in some countries.
The Constitutional Protection Agency (German Security Service) has so far declared only a few district branches of the party (mainly in East Germany) and the young shift of the party as suspected of belonging to the far right.
The leadership has been working in recent months to keep people close to the far right away from the party - including the head of the "Alternative" faction in the state of Brandenburg, who is considered a possible candidate for the party leadership.
However, the German security service decided to extend the suspicion to the entire party, thus allowing surveillance of all party arms and activists.
This is the first time since the end of World War II that a party represented in the Bundestag has been declared a suspected right-wing party.
The heads of the "Alternative" now intend to appeal to the German Constitutional Court against the decision, fearing that this decision will severely hurt the party in the upcoming elections.
The "alternative" has weakened in recent months because of power struggles between the conservative and nationalist currents and because of the support of many of the party leaders in the corona deniers' movements.
In recent polls, the power of the party has been estimated at between 7% and 8% of the electorate.