A classified intelligence report on the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) was posted online in its entirety [link in German] on Monday by bloggers with the independent news outlet netzpolitik.org.
The publication of the report, which was an assessment by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency (BfV), sparked outrage among AfD ranks. The party unsuccessfully appealed to have the report released to them.
What the full report reveals:
- The goal of the assessment was to uncover the extent of the AfD’s ties to right-wing extremist organizations;
- the extent to which remarks by party leaders violate the constitution;
- and to determine whether further observation or surveillance is needed.
- The report reveals “factual indications” that there is an extremist movement within the AfD — but not enough to justify putting the entire party under surveillance.
- Prominent AfD politicians use “right-wing extremist discourse,” telling supporters that Germany is at risk of “extinction” due to multiculturalism.
- Statements by party co-leader Alexander Gauland and the leader of the AfD in Thuringia, Björn Höcke, “make it clear that their thinking is based on an ethnic-biological or ethnic-cultural understanding” of what constitutes the people of Germany, the report stated.
- For Höcke, “someone is only German if they are ethnically German,” the report said.
- AfD leaders have not clearly distanced themselves from the radical Identitarian movement, which is currently under surveillance.
So remarking on the threat of multiculturalism is “extremist”. Ve Haff Vays of making you diverse!