German far-right party wins court case against minister

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s highest court has ruled that the country’s top security official violated the rights of a far-right party by posting remarks criticizing it on his ministry’s website. The Alternative for Germany party know as AfD, whose anti-migration stance helped it into the German parliament in 2017, is the largest of several opposition parties. Its case against Interior Minister Horst Seehofer stems from an interview his ministry posted on its website in 2018, in which he decried a broadside by AfD against President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Seehofer described AfD’s behavior as “undermining the state.” The Federal Constitutional Court found that parties must be allowed to compete on an equal footing.