Germany: AfD wins court case over Seehofer interview on ministry website

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party won a court case brought against German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer over the posting of an interview critical of the party on the official ministry website on Tuesday. AfD federal spokesman Joerg Meuthen spoke after the ruling at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, saying that the court had agreed with his party's argument that it was «a violation of the equality of competition and equal opportunities in political competition.» Interior Ministry Parliamentary State Secretary Guenter Krings expressed regret that the posting was found in breach but added that he was «very glad» that the court had found that «a minister can take part in the political battle of opinions.» Shortly after the court decision, AfD deputy leader Beatrix Von Storch said in Berlin that «the verdict from Karlsruhe today is a good verdict, but it shows that the federal government is unscrupulously abusing the government's resources against a democratic party.» Seehofer had accused the AfD of «undermining the state» and «subversion» in the interview, which was published in September 2018 and removed some weeks later. In March the AfD's executive committee voted to disband the far-right internal grouping known as 'The Wing,' after it was put under surveillance by Germany's domestic intelligence agency as it was classified as being incompatible with German constitutional principles.

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