Skip to Content

AfD logo. Photo supplied
Berlin

AfD sues German domestic spy agency over tracking

The AfD intends to take legal action against the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the domestic spy agency.

Published: January 10, 2020, 7:31 am

    Read more

    With the two lawsuits, the party wants the authority to neither track the right-wing of the party nor the youth organization Junge Alternative (JA) as suspected cases.

    The AfD defended itself against the classifications in two 47-page briefs, which have been drafted by Berlin weekly Junge Freiheit and are to be approved by the Federal Executive on Friday this week.

    It will then submitted to the Cologne Administrative Court on Monday. The Süddeutsche Zeitung had first reported on the lawsuit on Tuesday evening.

    According to the will of the AfD, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution should be prohibited from calling the youth wing JA a “suspected case” in future. In addition, the court should declare that the public classification of the JA as a suspected case by the Federal Office in mid-January 2019 was illegal.

    According to the lawyers of the AfD, there are no actual indications that justify classifying the JA as a suspected case. And this particular lack of evidence is a mandatory requirement according to current case law. Such proceedings require more than mere guesswork.

    Even before it was classified as a suspected case, the JA had initiated various measures to counter the corresponding treatment by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. For example, the Lower Saxony State Association was dissolved. In addition, the AfD refered to its federal statute, according to which no member of an extremist organization can become a party member.

    Already in February last year, the AfD filed a lawsuit against the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), with which it wanted to prohibit the authority from continuing to publicly call the party a “test case”. Shortly afterwards, the administrative court in Cologne issued a corresponding interim order.

    With regard to the classification of the so-called right-wing within the party as a suspected case, the AfD argued that this is an organizationally undefined group within the party. “The ‘wing’ is not an association or an officially recognized sub-organization of the applicant. Rather, the ‘wing’ is not an organization at all, but at most a vague collective name for individual, changing, and non-defined members of the applicant of an unknown number and identity”.

    While the AfD does not even know who belongs to the “wing”, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution believes it has more information about this. However, it does not work with reliable facts, but with mere assumptions.

    The consequences of this tracking has been serious for the party. Because of the classification as a suspected case, the Constitutional Protection may monitor the wing and its members with intelligence services. But since it is not clear who exactly is a member of the wing and who is not, this measure now threatens all party members.

    In addition, the public announcement of the classification of the wing as a suspected case not only has a negative impact on the reputation of the AfD, but also diminishes its attractiveness to voters.

    Therefore, this measure of the domestic spy service intervenes in the democratic decision-making process, as there were no actual indications for the suspicion that the wing was an “extremist endeavor” in any sense.

    “Even radical political views of whatever direction must have their legitimate place in a pluralistic social order,” the AfD’s draft lawsuit highlighted. “Even those who want to achieve their radical goals do not have to fear that they will be monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution – as long as they recognize the basic principles of the constitutional order.”

    The limit of what is constitutionally permissible is only exceeded when a radical idea changes into a political endeavor that crosses the border to extremism. “This is the case if the democratic constitutional state and its fundamental set of values ​​are rejected.” And this is precisely not the case with the party.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      The AfD has grown in popularity and membership, especially in the former East Germany. The people there recall how the communists used to run things, and see Merkel’s government and the leftist influence on internal policies by its SDP ally for what they are.

      • uydfguiguidfsgoudysfgiusdfgus

        when they start the war here, are you going to host me in Italy ?

        • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

          Sorry, I don’t live there. I’m in the US.

          • uydfguiguidfsgoudysfgiusdfgus

            so are you going to host me in US ? at which state are you ?

    • uydfguiguidfsgoudysfgiusdfgus

      this case is worthy publicizing in the future to see if courts are over agencies…

    Europe

    Salvini condemns Italian PM’s slow response to Coronavirus crisis

    RomeThe leader of the League held a press conference to take stock of the Coronavirus crisis: "The problem is not with the red zones but with the whole territory." Italy now has three times the number of infected cases compared to Hong Kong.

    What is known about the Italian Coronavirus deaths so far

    The focal point on which Italian citizens should focus does not concern so much the danger of the Coronavirus which, as ascertained, causes death only in rare cases, but its management. The special measures taken in Lombardy were adopted not so much because Covid-19 represents the plague of the 21st century, but rather to limit its spread.

    Coronavirus: Italian train blocked at Austria’s Brenner Pass

    Austria has stopped a Venice-Monaco Eurocity train with 300 passengers on board, after the explosion of the number of Coronavirus infections in Italy.

    Economic fall-out from Coronavirus may be huge

    SeoulThe economic damage that the Coronavirus epidemic could wreak globally, was confirmed when the United States raised its travel advisory for industrial giant South Korea.

    Le Pen calls on Macron to denounce Soros’ ‘undemocratic manipulations’

    ParisThe president of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, responded after the shocking revelations by a French weekly magazine on how the European Court of Human Rights has been infiltrated by organisations answering to the American "philanthropist" George Soros.

    Judiciary in a hurry to move against Salvini

    It appears that the Italian judiciary is in a hurry to move against former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The offices of the investigating magistrate of Catania have already received the official request of the prosecutor to set a preliminary hearing in the context of the proceeding against the Salvini "kidnapping" case.

    The grip of Soros on the ECHR revealed by French weekly

    ParisIn its latest issue, a French weekly revealed the extent of the influence of Georges Soros, the Hungarian billionaire at the head of the NGO network Open Society Foundations, on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

    European Commissioner of the Interior defends asylum after ECHR ruling

    BrusselsThe European Commissioner of the Interior defended the right of migrants to ask for asylum, and even though this right “cannot be offered at each meter of the border” it should be, she argued.

    Orban: ‘It’s forbidden to say so in Europe, but migration is an organised invasion’

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday warned of a rise in the number of organised groups of migrants attempting to enter the country as summer approaches as migration pressure increases on the country's southern border.

    More than 120 daily stabbing attacks in France

    ParisIn total, between 2015 and 2017, some 44 000 people were victims of a stabbing attack in France.

    Go to archive