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Sarrazin steps down

The Local · 10 Sep 2010, 08:13

Published: 10 Sep 2010 08:13 GMT+02:00

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"The Bundesbank board and its member Thilo Sarrazin are aware of their responsibilities to the institution of the Bundesbank," the central bank said in a surprise statement posted on its website. “Given the public debate, the parties concerned are going, of mutual accord, to end their cooperation at the end of the month.”

The Frankfurt-based Bundesbank had previously requested that German President Christian Wulff fire Sarrazin because he had refused to go quietly.

But on Thursday the bank said it had "withdrawn its request" and that the 65-year-old had asked Wulff to relieve him of his duties. The statement also thanked Sarrazin "for the work he has done."

The furore followed the publication of a new book by Sarrazin, Deutschland schafft sich ab - Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen, or “Abolishing Germany - How we’re putting our country at jeopardy.”

In the book, he says Europe's top economy is being undermined, overwhelmed and made "more stupid" by poorly educated, fast-breeding, badly integrated and unproductive Muslim immigrants and their offspring.

"If I want to hear the muezzin's call to prayer, then I'll go to the Orient," he says in the book, saying that allowing in millions of "guest workers" in the 1960s and 1970s was a "gigantic error."

He also says that Turkish and Kurdish "clans" have a "long tradition of inbreeding," leading to higher rates of birth defects, and ponders whether this might be one reason for immigrants' poor school performance.

He also told a newspaper that "all Jews share a certain gene," a property he said was shared by the Basques.

Chancellor Angela Merkel called the remarks "completely unacceptable," but surveys have indicated that Sarrazin enjoys considerable sympathy among the population at large.

Backing for Sarrazin is so strong that a survey published on Sunday indicated that if he set up his own new political party, almost one in five (18 percent) would vote for him.

Sarrazin has no intention of starting a political party, but the survey raised fears that a charismatic right-wing populist in Germany, like anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, could win considerable political support.

The German government has admitted that its record on integrating immigrants into society has been less than perfect.

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According to official figures, nearly one in five young people without German nationality, which many second and third generation immigrants do not have, leave school with no qualifications.

Other figures show that people in Germany of Turkish origin, who number around three million and make up the largest minority, are significantly more likely to live below the poverty line.

This week, the government published a national integration programme with a focus on improving immigrants' German language skills.


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09:16 September 10, 2010 by HollyMacarony
Ofcourse... its all immigrants fault... Germany tried everything in their power to integrate this immigrants and they failed hahaha

Funny how Germans dont want to admit that they have very bad and ineffective integration policies. It doesn't matter how well German of Turkish origin is integrated in society he will always be treated as a Turk... and than you blame them for not feeling at home?

And why do you call them ''Muslims''... most of this Arabs and especially Turks dont even practice Islam.

And this ''interbreeding'' part is just despicable... 1940's flashback
09:58 September 10, 2010 by dbert4
@HollyMacarony - Never been to Turkey have you?
11:20 September 10, 2010 by HollyMacarony
@dbert4 Yes i have been. Many times. Have you?
11:40 September 10, 2010 by pepsionice
I spent fifteen years living in Germany. I will make these observations.

About twenty percent of the Turks in Germany assimilate. The rest are living in "Little Istanbul" out of their town or city. Their entire life is based on Turkish customs, lifestyles, etc.

You've got areas of Hamburg today....where the cops simply refuse to go into during evening hours. In a way, it's the same image of cops in Chicago who refuse to patrol much in Latino neighborhoods there. You feel sorry for the cops and the city.

Finally, the real crux of this issue starts to show in schools across Germany. Unlike the American standard where you know the first generation of immigrants have a rough time, and they have huge expectations of their kids to fit in and they know education is key....in Germany, it's not happening. A significant portion of Turkish kids, in the second, and even third generation....are failing miserably in school. Their entire future is anchored down to jobs that will make them miserable over the the next fifty years. They can stand and swear as much as they want.....but life in Turkey might actually be better for a third-generation German-Turkish kid who failed in the German education system.

As for Sarrazin? I think he's bound to create another political party....as if we didn't have enough already. I believe he could easily pick up five percent of the vote in the next election....maybe even eight percent. This is going to make life miserable for both the CDU and the SPD as they have to confront a segment of society who question Turks in Germany.
14:15 September 10, 2010 by freechoice
If you go further East, people don't pray to Allahs....

I suppose Herr Sarrazin knows that?
14:38 September 10, 2010 by androidclown
I cannot believe how people like him makes such ignorant generalizations...
16:35 September 10, 2010 by gtaglia
Sarrizin is generally right and even if he wasn't, he has the right to voice his opinion without being driven out of his job. Freedom of speech is a necessary thing, people need to hear as many differing opinions as possible, in order to make an informed decision. If speech is limited to what is officially sanctioned or "politically correct", people are afraid to speak the truth and the public is deprived of necessary information.
16:49 September 10, 2010 by recherche
Some may not like what he says, but his right to speak his mind must be defended to the last. It absolutely unacceptable in modern society to assume that every single person holds the identical views on any subject.

It is a feeble response to scream 'racist', like a reflexive response, at every utterance. The intention of that is to stymie totally all discussion. It must not be permitted to do that. Whatever anyone thinks of Herr Sarrazin, it can be assured that there are some citizens who share his views. Some doubtless feel much more strongly about it than Herr Sarrazin. Some would say just keep your opinions to yourself and be quiet. That ultimately leads to insurrection.

So far the debate has been about Herr Sarrazin. Not much has been said regarding his point of view. The challenge is to engage with him regarding his opinions, not by reflex action abuse him by name-calling.
16:52 September 10, 2010 by bugger
Assimilation and integration can not be accomplished by Germany, yet neither will it happen without German assistance.

The bottom line is that you can't force the new comers to become Germans. They have to want to.
17:50 September 10, 2010 by Beachrider
Third generation Turks in Germany? That would mean that their Grandparents did the immigration, probably 50-60 years ago. Is that really what you meant to say?

It is not surprising for immigrants in the USA to exist within 'enclaves' in their local part of the country. New York City is certainly still proof of that process. Expecting people to totally forget their ancestry is naive. Immigrants in the USA often still-speak their ancestral language into the third generation, often longer. The USA has double the spanish-language radio stations than any other country in the world. Such immigrants do learn that the-dream cannot be approached without learning the language of commerce & law, though.
18:02 September 10, 2010 by lal mani sharma
in a democratic country every one is free to express his/her opinion. Truth is always bitter and hard to swallow. As in India we say speak truth but in a polite,respectful and honorable way.It is a known fact in the world that the Christians, The Buddhists, The Hindus and many more small groups are living peacefully As one of your commentators say that Muslims have peacefully integrated into the Indian community,but this honorable commentator, perhaps does not know at what cost? The Hindus by nature so are the Christians are by nature peace loving as such the 150 millions Muslims in India are enjoying at the cost of Hindu politeness and their power of tolerance. What people don't understand in west and in India is that when all the religions of the world are at peace with one another than why my Muslim friends are at war with the rest of the world.There is no flexibility in Islam.Perhaps the Islam teaches extremism.LET ISLAM NOT ONLY TEACH BUT ALSO PRACTICE NON VIOLENCE LET IT TEACH COMPASSION,LET IT PREACH,BROTHERLY ATTITUDE AND FINALLY LET IT TEACH POWER OF TOLERANCE. THINGS WILL CHANGE FOR GOOD----india
23:12 September 11, 2010 by username123456789
nobody is questioning turks in germany. i guess, the majority is questioning muslims , especially radical ones or wannabes, in germany...

it does no matter if they come from germany within (indigenous) or from outside...

and isam names itself: religion of peace: its true. but only to islams and muslims itself they mean the peace...

in south-tailand the islamism is very straight-forward and very developed. as we all know: thailand is a buddhism country. but in the south, the organized jiahd is going step by step to implement an islam state:

they kill evey 2-3 days some police men, some teachers, some monks. soon south-thailand will be a muslim state.

and this developed state of open attacks does not still exist in europe, but can become reach the same level in a few years if politicans not pay attention...

read the quoran to understand!
11:42 September 12, 2010 by Talonx
@ gtaglia & recherche

People can say what they like, but facts are facts, all Jews do NOT carry some gene that makes them Jewish, regardless of what Sarazin wants to be true. THis is the definition of racism.

Beyond that, there is simply not a tradition of inbreeding among turks.

He can say what he likes, but we should all be able to call crazy talk crazy talk.
02:17 September 13, 2010 by Jude the Obscure
Like a creeping beetle, like Gregor Samsa with a bit of apple stuck in his back, the man crawls away after a little bit of pressure. He can give immigrants so much abuse for years but then he can't take it. Pitiful.
04:09 September 13, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Judging from what's going on in Europe in general and the US in particular, we're now all ripe for a "holy war" against Islam. We are ready to revisit the crusades -- in spades. So I guess the popular preference would be to eradicate all 1.4 billion Muslims in the world. That may be a daunting task, but if it succeeds it could be considered a Malthusian "correction." First we kill the Muslims, then we kill the ... who, exactly? All of these annoying little decisions in the name of Manifest Destiny.
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