The state branch of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is under investigation for suspected extremist behaviour by Saxony’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (LfV), multiple German outlets have reported. The state government can now tap into the party’s telephones and deploy undercover informants.
While multiple media outlets including Bild, dpa, and MDR reported on the new classification, neither the LfV nor state agencies have confirmed it because Saxon state law allows them to provide details only on “proven extremist endeavours,” according to dpa.
The Saxon branch is the fourth state AfD branch to come under investigation as officials in Brandenburg, Thuringia, and Saxony-Anhalt are also investigating the party there. Federal authorities are still weighing similar actions against the national party, after initial reports in mid-January claimed an investigation was imminent. (Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)