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.
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The ruling came in response to an emergency appeal by the party, which said the description constituted defamation.
BfV President Thomas Haldenwang said his agency would concentrate now on what he saw as the most urgent task of
observing "the activities of the affiliated AfD organizations "Der Flügel" (The Wing) and the "Junge Alternative" (Young Alternative), which are suspected of extremism."
"We will inform the public about progress in this task in due time," he said.
A number of AfD members have in the past
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tj/rt (epd, AFP)
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