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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, (l-r) Astrid Wallrabenstein, Ulrich Maidowski, Monika Hermanns, Peter MŁller, Doris König (chair), Peter M. Huber, Sibylle Kessal-Wulf and Christine Langenfeld announce the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Exterior shot of the Federal Constitutional Court, with the lettering "Bundesverfassungsgericht". The court's Second Senate plans to announce its verdict this morning (10:00 a.m.) on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Exterior shot of the Federal Constitutional Court, with the lettering "Bundesverfassungsgericht". The court's Second Senate plans to announce its verdict this morning (10:00 a.m.) on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Exterior shot of the Federal Constitutional Court, with the lettering "Bundesverfassungsgericht" (shot with fisheye lens). The court's Second Senate plans to announce its verdict this morning (10:00 a.m.) on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: In the foyer of the Federal Constitutional Court, miniature editions of the Basic Law lie in a cabinet. The court's Second Senate plans to announce its verdict this morning (10:00 a.m.) on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: A sign with a federal eagle and the words "Bundesverfassungsgericht", taken in front of the Federal Constitutional Court. The court's Second Senate plans to announce its verdict this morning (10:00 a.m.) on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: A sign with a federal eagle and the words "Bundesverfassungsgericht", taken in front of the Federal Constitutional Court. The court's Second Senate plans to announce its verdict this morning (10:00 a.m.) on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: A sign with a federal eagle and the words "Bundesverfassungsgericht", taken in front of the Federal Constitutional Court (shot with fisheye lens). The court's Second Senate plans to announce its verdict this morning (10:00 a.m.) on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court leaves the courtroom after the pronouncement of the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020 (shot with long exposure). According to the ruling, the statements violated the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court leaves the courtroom after delivering its verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. According to the ruling, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court Federal Constitutional Judge Monika Hermanns, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia election in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Judge Doris König (presiding) announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Judge Doris König (presiding) announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Peter M. Huber, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Ulrich Maidowski, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Ulrich Maidowski, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court Federal Constitutional Judge Monika Hermanns, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia election in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Judge Doris König (presiding) announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Judge Doris König (presiding) announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court Federal Constitutional Judge Monika Hermanns, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia election in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Christine Langenfeld, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Judge Doris König (presiding) announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Peter MŁller, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia election in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court leaves the courtroom after delivering its verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. According to the ruling, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court Federal Constitutional Judge Monika Hermanns, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia election in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Christine Langenfeld, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Ulrich Maidowski, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Peter MŁller, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia election in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Judge Astrid Wallrabenstein, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Peter M. Huber, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court leaves the courtroom after delivering its verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. According to the ruling, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Sibylle Kessal-Wulf, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Judge Astrid Wallrabenstein, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Judge Sibylle Kessal-Wulf, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Peter MŁller, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia election in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, Federal Constitutional Court Judge Sibylle Kessal-Wulf, announces the verdict on AfD-critical statements made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity of the parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Tino Chrupalla, federal spokesman for the AfD, is waiting in the Federal Constitutional Court for the start of the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, (l-r) Astrid Wallrabenstein, Ulrich Maidowski, Monika Hermanns, Peter MŁller, Doris König (chair), Peter M. Huber, Sibylle Kessal-Wulf and Christine Langenfeld announce the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Tino Chrupalla, federal spokesman for the AfD, is waiting in the Federal Constitutional Court for the start of the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Tino Chrupalla, federal spokesman for the AfD, is waiting in the Federal Constitutional Court for the start of the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Tino Chrupalla, federal spokesman for the AfD, is waiting in the Federal Constitutional Court for the start of the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Tino Chrupalla, federal spokesman for the AfD, is waiting in the Federal Constitutional Court for the start of the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The robes of the Second Senate lie in an anteroom to the courtroom at the Federal Constitutional Court, before the start of the ruling on remarks critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia election. According to the ruling, the remarks violated the right to equal opportunity for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Doris König, Chairwoman of the Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, (l-r) Monika Hermanns, Doris König (chair) and Peter M. Huber, announce the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. According to the verdict, the statements violated the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Doris König, Chairwoman of the Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, (l-r) Monika Hermanns, Peter MŁller, Doris König (chair), Peter M. Huber and Sibylle Kessal-Wulf, announce the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. According to the verdict, the statements violated the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Tino Chrupalla, federal spokesman for the AfD, is waiting in the Federal Constitutional Court for the start of the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Tino Chrupalla, federal spokesman for the AfD, is waiting in the Federal Constitutional Court for the start of the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunity for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Doris König, Chairwoman of the Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Doris König, Chairwoman of the Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, (l-r) Astrid Wallrabenstein, Ulrich Maidowski, Monika Hermanns, Peter MŁller, Doris König (chair), Peter M. Huber, Sibylle Kessal-Wulf and Christine Langenfeld announce the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, (l-r) Peter MŁller, Doris König (chair) and Peter M. Huber, announce the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. According to the verdict, the statements violated the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, (l-r) Astrid Wallrabenstein, Ulrich Maidowski, Monika Hermanns, Peter MŁller, Doris König (chair), Peter M. Huber, Sibylle Kessal-Wulf and Christine Langenfeld announce the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the Thuringia elections in 2020. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Doris König, Chairwoman of the Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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dpatop - 15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: Doris König, Chairwoman of the Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringia elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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15 June 2022, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Karlsruhe: The Second Senate at the Federal Constitutional Court, (l-r) Monika Hermanns, Peter MŁller, Doris König (chair) and Peter M. Huber, announces the verdict on statements critical of the AfD made by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) after the 2020 Thuringian elections. According to the verdict, the statements violate the right to equal opportunities for political parties. Photo: Uli Deck/dpa

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