Right-wing populist party "Alternative for Germany" will be taken under supervision


Law enforcement agencies have collected numerous data on the alleged violation of the democratic foundations of the FRG by AfD members. There will be no supervision over the AfD deputies yet.

The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz - BfV) has officially announced suspicions of right-wing extremism against the populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD), thus opening up the possibility of overseeing the activities of this party by the special services, German media reported in Wednesday, March 3.

According to the magazine Der Spiegel, BfV, against the background of the current litigation with the AfD in the administrative court of Cologne, has pledged to temporarily abandon surveillance of AfD deputies in the Bundestag, Landtags and the European Parliament, as well as candidates from this party in the upcoming elections in 2021. Alternative for Germany challenged the BfV's conclusion in court that it constituted a "right-wing extremist threat." The BfV declined to comment on media reports, citing a pending case and respect for the court.

The decision to bring the AfD under surveillance was reportedly based on a nearly 1,000-page expert opinion. Over the past two years, lawyers and experts on the problem of right-wing extremism have collected numerous evidence of alleged violations by AfD members of the democratic foundations of the state.