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Bundesbank backs Sarrazin's dismissal

DDP/The Local · 2 Sep 2010, 16:48

Published: 02 Sep 2010 08:50 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 Sep 2010 16:48 GMT+02:00

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"The board of the German Bundesbank today unanimously decided to ask the Federal President to dismiss Dr. Thilo Sarrazin as a member of the board," the central bank said in a short statement.

Bundesbank officials distanced the Frankfurt-based institution from Sarrazin’s incendiary comments against Muslims and Jewish heritage earlier this week, but had faced immense political pressure to fire him as well.

Late on Wednesday, President Wulff, who is the only person holding the power to remove members of the central bank's leadership, told broadcaster N24 that the Bundesbank should act quickly to limit the political fallout.

“I believe that the head of the German Bundesbank can still do a few things so that the discussion doesn’t damage Germany – above all internationally,” he said.

The centre-left Social Democrats have also started a process to eject the 65-year-old former Berlin finance senator from their party following widespread outrage due to Sarrazin's comments that races were distinguished by a particular gene such as “a Jewish gene.” That followed a string of controversial remarks he has made about Muslims and integration in Germany.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble also said Sarrazin’s actions must have political consequences, but declined to elaborate on a discussion he’d had with the central bank’s President Axel Weber.

Schäuble called Sarrazin’s comments “irresponsible nonsense” that had “obviously” violated his post’s duty to display restraint.

Ali Kizilkaya, the leader of Germany’s Muslim council, or Islamrat, accused Sarrazin of Islamophobia and racism.

“I find it very regrettable and practically alarming that the Islamophobia in the form of Mr. Sarrazin seems to have slowly moved into the middle of our society,” he told daily Hamburger Abendblatt.

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SPD parliamentary spokesperson for domestic policy Dieter Wiefelspütz had also called for Sarrazin to be fired.

“Mr. Sarrazin has disqualified himself through his statements as Bundesbank board member and SPD member,” he told the same paper.

Sarrazin's controversial remarks have coincided with the launch of his book Deutschland schafft sich ab - Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen, or “Abolishing Germany - How we’re putting our country at jeopardy.”

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09:33 September 2, 2010 by Ali Baba
Sacking Sarrazin will not resolve the discrminations in Germany.

What Sarrazin has done, just openly publishing the way he thinks..at least he has the courage to say this. There are many more who think same way but will not mention it.
11:06 September 2, 2010 by tallady
I think his book is a number one seller, and being sacked will only add to its mystery..
13:03 September 2, 2010 by slyn_w
If you don't punish high-profile, visibly discriminatory 'leaders' of society, you're not sending a strong enough message to the masses.
14:38 September 2, 2010 by tallady
Are there scores of hundreds of millions of decent, peace-loving Muslims around the world?

Undeniably true.

one would have to be obtuse not to understand that a Western nation that opens its doors to mass migration from the Islamic world is taking a grave risk with its unity and identity.

What are sins in Christianity - adultery and homosexuality - are capital crimes in Islamic countries. punishable by stoning ,and beheading. From the Copts in Egypt to the Chaldeans of Iraq, Christians are persecuted and purged in the Middle East. Few remain in the old Christian towns of Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem. Christian missionaries in Islamic countries risk stonings and beheading. Muslims are attacking Christians in Nigeria, Sudan, the Caucasus, Palestine, Iraq, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Speaking your mind telling the truth should not be punishable
14:42 September 2, 2010 by Kennneth Ingle
What more proof is needed, to show that the truth is not wanted in political circles, than the reaction to Sarrazin's comments?
17:42 September 2, 2010 by William Thirteen
which truth is that? pseudo scientific racist claptrap?
18:53 September 2, 2010 by lordkorner
When one listens to what Herr Sarrazin has to say and listens to how he says it,its quite obvious that the man is clearly of an unsound mind.
19:13 September 2, 2010 by Beachrider
That the German immigration policy needs review is neither discriminatory or xenophobic. That is OK for discussion. That moslems or any other large group are unsuitable for even-one immigration slot is nasty hyperbole.

Stop arguing with one another (...I know, this is a blog). Set regulations on immigration policies and levels for various countries.

Stop all of this abusive stuff. It isn't helping anything.

An the fact-challenged stuff about Jerusalem being a christian town (there were several in that comment) or how non-western democracies handle these things worse, isn't helping either.
22:53 September 2, 2010 by Jasmine33
This guy has a strange resemblance to Colonel Klink in the eyes, if Klink had forgotten to put on his monocle.
01:15 September 3, 2010 by maksim
I thought only jews were bankers?WHAT?
01:27 September 3, 2010 by Drewsky
Jasmine23; Maybe General Berkhalter or the other guy with the black uniform ... ? Klink was actually a pretty good guy.
02:58 September 3, 2010 by John Beck
Am I the only one who sees an alarming resemblance between this ass hole and Adolph Hitler? Everything from the hair, skin complexion and mustache are exactly similar. Let alone the ideology which reminds us all of the good old days of the third Reich. It appears this is the way Germany is headed and what better scape goat than Muslims to use as a means to an end.
03:29 September 3, 2010 by Garth Rex

Freedom of speech and expression should be one of the most precious and fundamental rights in Germany today! For if we are to dismiss people, based on the free expression of ideas and opinions, even unpopular ones, how can we claim to have

progressed since the days of Adolph Hitler? In so doing we will end up in a regimented and oppressive state...where EVEREYONE has to think long and hard before expressing ANY opinion...where people have to be looking over their shoulders and second-guessing themselves...where they have to be fearful less, in expressing even a seemingly innocent opinion, they may inadvertently offend someone...Is this REALLY the direction in which modern German society wants to move?

LET THERE BE FREEDOM OF SPEECH!....and freedom to ridicule and to contradict stupid, inappropriate, and/or incorrect statements!

If freedom of speech is surrendered in the name of "Political Correctness"...what other freedoms will Germans eventually be required to surrender? ? ?
10:25 September 3, 2010 by LMFAO
This guy looks absolutely odious. Ugh.
18:43 September 3, 2010 by recherche
Well can we have your image please? I read two-thirds of those polled disagree with Sarrazin. You would have to ask the obvious: were their passports inspected?
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