The German Government Has Removed Democracy

After labeling the populist alternate solution for Germany (AfD), which has 81 seats in the Parliament, as a “dangerous entity,” a German administration court gave the country’s internal security agency a free pass to aggressively spy on the organization.

Germany is Back to Its Old Ways

After a judge in Cologne dismissed the AfD’s legal challenge to the BfV’s designation of extremism as terrorism, the German Ministry for the Preservation of the Constitution (BfV), the country’s internal intelligence organization, will now be permitted to actively spy on the group.

According to broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the organizational court denied allegations by the AfD that the BfV assessment was akin to forbidding the party.

This turned down the fact that segments of the party, including the Flügel (wing), a socially conservative bloc led by hardliner Björn Höcke, had been dissolved.

The judges in the trial, according to the network, noted despite the Flügel group’s disbandment, its members remained active within the organization and said the party’s youth organization was also influenced by “xenophobic beliefs.”

“The candidate stands for discrimination, for the marginalization of minorities, for the disrespect of the normal system,” BfV leader Thomas Haldenwang said, following the ruling, declaring it a “wonderful day for Germany.”

The BfV will now be able to actively spy on people in the party, intercept their communications, and infiltrate the party via spies.

A Crackdown on Opposition

AfD supporters in public sector occupations like police departments, teaching, and the court, according to Hans Pfeifer, a reporter for Deutsche Welle, might now be fired for being members of the group.

“We were startled by the judgment on the categorization as a person accused,” Tino Chrupalla, the AfD’s chairman, said in a press statement the court ruling.

“We do not agree with the High Courts of Cologne.”

“We hoped for a number of outcomes; after all, we only needed two motions to win. We will now await the formal reasons for the verdict, which we will carefully review before deciding whether to pursue any appeals,” he added.

Since at least 2019, whenever the BfV initially identified the AfD’s youth branch, the Junge Alternativ (JA), as well as Thuringian leader of the party Björn Höcke as “suspect,” the agency has attempted to place the party under observation.

The case will be heard just a quarter after it was disclosed that current German Federal Justice Minister Nancy Faeser, a representative of the left-wing social Democrats, contributed to far-left extremist Antifa.

She did this by publishing links to a group labeled as extremist by the Bavarian Office for the Safeguard of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

For numerous years, the Bund der Antifaschistinnen and Antifaschisten (VVN-BdA), which publishes the journal in which Ms. Faeser’s essay appeared, was categorized as an extreme group.