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AfD is the test case party wants to fight back legally

The protection of the Constitution sees the AfD indications for anti-democratic aspirations, an observation she escapes, but for the time being. Against its classification as a test case, the party announced legal resistance.

The AfD, as the party officially a case for the protection of the Constitution. "The BfV first actual evidence of a against the free democratic basic order policy of the AfD," said the protection of the Constitution, President Thomas Haldenwang in Berlin. The entire party will be considered in future, therefore, as a test case. This means that open noticeable Statements of the party would continue to be evaluated continuously, but personal data is not stored, and no intelligence agents, such as V-men.

Haldenwang, fell, the authority took its decision on the basis of a months-long examination of publicly available information. The clues that would have led to their evaluation, but these were not compacted sufficiently, to an observation under "use of messages to initiate service resources". The classification as a test case reasoned Haldenwang, particularly with statements by AfD politicians who "would guarantee the people to be incompatible". The concern völkisch-nationalist and muslim - as well as xenophobic and anti-minority statements. The protection of the Constitution is based in his assessment, particularly on Statements of the AfD representatives and not so much on the party program.

The AfD was a "great party with a high level of diversity in their political statements," added Haldenwang. In this respect, could not be evaluated "sufficient", whether the found reference points "are characteristic of the objectives and the orientation of the entire party". If this is the case, will clarify the BfV now in the context of the test case evaluation.

The new protection of the Constitution, President Thomas Haldenwang established the evaluation of his office, particularly with statements by the AfD representatives.

Seehofer supports decision-making

interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) was behind the decision of the constitutional protection. "We have evaluated this extensive study also. We believe they are plausible. And that is why I stand behind these decisions of the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution," he said before a meeting of the Union group in Berlin. At the same time, he stressed, it is not a political but a technical decision by the constitutional protection.

On the question of whether this political repercussions, said Seehofer: "of Course, this is also of political importance. But I attach great importance to the fact that it is not a decision of politicians, but of the constitutional protection authorities, decided by the Federal office for the protection of the Constitution, but also having regard to the Material of the country."

The party leader Gauland believes political pressure had led to the decision of the BfV.

AfD wants to> legal departments

Gauland made a "social climate" and "political pressure" responsible for making the decision. The Co-Chairman Alice Weidel said the former chief of the constitutional protection, Hans-Georg Maaßen, would not have been such a decision of the authority. "That's why he had to go."

Michael Stempfle, ARD Berlin, to the importance of the "test case"
lunch magazine, 15.01.2019

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