German spy agency accepts AfD ‘examination case’ verdict

Germany’s domestic intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), said on Friday it accepted a court verdict that forbade it to publicly describe the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as an “examination case.”

Classifying an organization as such allows the BfV to use publicly available material to assess whether it is a potential threat to the constitutional order.

The Administrative Court of Cologne ruled in late February that the BfV had acted “illegally and disproportionately” by describing the AfD as an “examination case” at a press conference in January.