Find Us

Far-right Alternative for Germany party to be investigated for extremism

Far-right Alternative for Germany party to be investigated for extremism
By Katy DartfordJessica Saltz with Reuters
Published on Updated
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

The probe by the country's domestic intelligence will fall short of full-blown surveillance, but they say there is a "case to investigate."


Germany's domestic spy agency is to investigate Alternative for Germany (AfD) to see whether the anti-immigrant party's policies breach constitutional safeguards against extremism.

The BfV (Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution) domestic intelligence chief Thomas Haldenwang says Germany's main opposition party was a "case to investigate," although the probe would fall short of full-blown surveillance of the AfD.

Germany's constitution contains strict protections against extremism, allowing for the close monitoring and even the outlawing of far-left or far-right parties.

The AfD surged into the national parliament in a 2017 election, drawing votes from mainstream parties by focusing on voters' concerns over immigration.

It is represented in all 16 of Germany's regional parliaments.

Haldenwang said the BfV was concerned by an increase in momentum among right-wing extremist groups in recent years.

He said the spy agency would pay closer attention to the AfD's youth wing and elements close to regional AfD leader Bjoern Hoecke.

AfD co-leader Alexander Gauland has condemned the announcement, saying they will take legal action against this decision.

WATCH: Our reporter in Berlin, Jessica Saltz, says that the launching of such an inquiry is an extremely rare measure:

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Germany gang rape: 11 men on trial over attack on woman, 18

Angela Merkel's CDU wins Gorlitz Mayor race, beating far-right AfD

Chemnitz: How the East German city became known as a hot bed for extremism