German court upholds extremist classification for far-right party

By Thomson Reuters May 13, 2024 | 2:19 AM

MUENSTER, Germany (Reuters) – A German high court on Monday ruled that domestic security services could continue to treat the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) as a potentially extremist party, meaning they retain the right to subject it to surveillance, including wiretapping.

The ruling by the higher administrative court in Muenster upholds an earlier finding by a Cologne lower court. No further appeal on the facts of the case is possible.

(Reporting by Elke Ahlswede, writing by Thomas Escritt)