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Severance pay for Sarrazin in question

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Severance pay for Sarrazin in question
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08:17 CEST+02:00
Embattled Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin may not receive a severance package if he is removed from his post following incendiary claims about race and immigration, a media report said on Thursday.

German President Christian Wulff is considering the Bundesbank's request to dismiss Sarrazin – something he has already signalled his willingness to do. But if this happens Sarrazin could be sacked without a financial settlement, daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported.

The paper cited a Finance Ministry answer to a parliamentary inquiry about the topic by The Left party, which said that “in the case of a termination of contract no severance pay is contractually insured.”

The answer, from the ministry's parliamentary liaison Steffen Kampeter, comes as the Finance Ministry prepares its statement on the Sarrazin situation. President Wulff has reportedly asked to see this before he makes a final decision, the paper said.

The 65-year-old former finance senator of Berlin is currently under fire for claiming, among other things, that Muslim communities don't want to integrate with mainstream Germany, that they are making the country “dumber” and that ethnic groups, such as Jews, are distinguished by particular genes.

The controversy coincides with the release 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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