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Sarrazin refuses to leave SPD despite pressure

The Local · 14 Sep 2010, 08:31

Published: 14 Sep 2010 08:31 GMT+02:00

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“I joined with conviction in 1973 and none of this conviction has changed,” he told daily Bild.

The former Berlin finance senator has enraged politicians and the public in recent weeks with his incendiary rhetoric while promoting his new book, Deutschland schafft sich ab - Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen, or “Abolishing Germany - How we’re putting our country at jeopardy.”

The SPD is now deliberating on whether to expel Sarrazin from their party for content in the book that could be seen as damaging the party, a decision he said he was anxiously awaiting.

According to Sarrazin, he received an emotional letter from North Rhine-Westphalia SPD state leader Michael Müller in late August, asking him to resign.

He answered: “As soon as you read my book I am happy to have a discussion with you about its contents.”

Later Sarrazin was told that a dialogue with him would be senseless, he told the paper.

The SPD leadership is soon expected to decide its course of action regarding the expulsion proceedings, which have focussed on the fact that Sarrazin based his criticism of Muslim integration into German society on genetic factors.

Sarrazin's remarks include claims hat Muslims don’t want to integrate and are making the country “dumber.” Other controversial statements include that ethnic groups are distinguished by particular genes – for example that “all Jews share a certain gene.”

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Sarrazin agreed last week to step down from his central bank board post following public outrage at his statements, but he has refused to give up his SPD membership.

SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel has signalled that Sarrazin’s xenophobic views are not a welcome addition to the group‘s dialogue, but other leading members are piling on pressure to keep him on board, lest the party risk sending the wrong message.


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Your comments about this article

08:55 September 14, 2010 by Kayak
"I joined [the SPD as a racist bigot] in 1973 and none of this [bigotry] has changed."

Yep, some people never learn. He's had 37 years to re-consider his bigotry.

15:13 September 14, 2010 by hOU
That is the first photograph of the ass I've seen where he hasn't sat, arms crossed, chin drawn into neck, and oozed the most astonishing hubris through half-closed "**ck you"-eyes.

Good to see him w/ his weight on his front foot for a change.
15:36 September 14, 2010 by elboertjie
If the people don't want him anymore, let them fire him. Why should he act on behalf of others' desires?
17:15 September 14, 2010 by Henckel
Good for Thilo! He is a man who sticks by his principles, now matter how much we may disagree with him.
21:15 September 14, 2010 by elke77
The political establishment is corrupt, their fifty year long mismanagement of immigration and integration is the problem Sarrazin pointed out. Now they want the messenger to disappear. And these people call themselves leaders. What a charade, to Hell with them.
00:31 September 15, 2010 by bernie1927
What is the problem? The man has only expressed what most people feel. I do not see any racism in his statements. Again super sensitivity and a lot of something about nothing
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