Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland of Alternative for Germany (AfD) attend a session of Germany's Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin, November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
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A German court banned the domestic spy agency from classifying the Alternative for Germany (AfD) as a "case to investigate," handing a symbolic victory to the far-right party before five important elections later this year.The AfD has been ostracized by political opponents despite being the biggest opposition party in parliament after gaining seats there in the 2017 election. Other parties have rejected coalitions with the AfD at national or regional level.On Tuesday, the Cologne administrative court ruled that the BfV had failed to legally justify its January announcement that it would examine whether the AfD had breached constitutional safeguards against extremism.Gauland said the court ruling was a signal for other parties to rethink their attitude toward the AfD.
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