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Germany’s far-right AfD handed huge fine over illegal Swiss funding

Jörg Meuthen and Guido Reil of the AfD received funds from a Swiss advertising agency. Photo: DPA

Germany's far-right party AfD has been fined more than €400,000 for having received illegal campaign funding during regional elections, parliament's administrative body told AFP on Tuesday.

One of the party's co-chiefs, Jörg Meuthen, and another leading member, Guido Reil, had received funds from Swiss advertising agency Goal AG in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

But German political parties are banned from receiving campaign funds from non-EU sources.

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As a result, parliament's administrative body said it had imposed a fine of €402,900 , which essentially amounts to three times that of the illegal donations.

Both Meuthen and Reil are leading candidates for the AfD – Alternative for Germany – in May's European Parliament elections.

The far-right party faces further fines as one of its leaders, Alice Weidel, was also being investigated for having received around €Read More – Source

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