German court rules spy agency can't classify AfD as 'case to investigate'

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German court ruled on Tuesday that the domestic intelligence agency cannot classify the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) as a “case to investigate”.

In January Germany’s domestic spy agency (BfV) had said it would investigate the AfD to see whether the anti-immigrant party’s politics breach constitutional safeguards against extremism. It said it had classified Germany’s main opposition party as a “case to investigate” but the probe would fall short of full-blown surveillance of the AfD.

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