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Sarrazin remains SPD member

The Local · 22 Apr 2011, 10:00

Published: 22 Apr 2011 10:00 GMT+02:00

Sarrazin saved himself from the ignomy of being expelled from the party of which he has been a member since 1973, with a three-point letter promising that he was not racist or discriminatory and that he had not meant to bring the party into disrepute.

Sarrazin, has reportedly earned millions with his book Deutschland schafft sich ab - Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen or “Abolishing Germany - How we’re putting our country at jeopardy.” In it he talked about uneducated immigrants and family sizes and culture clashes in Germany, touching upon a host of hypersensitive socio-political topics.

The vast media attention garnered by the book and his unrepentant manner prompted a host of SPD members and groups to seek his expulsion, a hearing on which started on Thursday afternoon and lasted for around five hours.

Applications to throw him out had been submitted by his party chapter for the Berlin district of Charlottenburg, the Berlin state party and the federal party, as well as a chapter in Frankfurt. The formal accusation was that he had damaged the party with his theories.

Yet these applications were withdrawn once Sarrazin’s statement had been read out to the hearing. In it he said he had never intended to depart from social democratic values and that he had never intended to suggest that social-Darwinist theories should be implemented in political practice. He stressed that he believed all children were of equal worth as people.

He had never called for a selective population policy, he said, nor propagated the idea that only women with academic careers or other socially-respected positions, from a particular nationality or religion should be the only ones granted benefits for having children.

He also promised that in the future when at public discussions, he would not put his social democratic values under question nor allow them to be questioned by others.

Ralf Stegner, member of the SPD’s presidium said he was disappointed with the decision to allow Sarrazin to remain in the party, but would accept it.

“What remains unacceptable is the intolerant guff with which Thilo Sarrazin has recently earned a lot of money,” Stegner told Der Spiegel website.

“His crude theory of inheritance and the education and integration nonsense have nothing in common with social democratic conviction,” he said.

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Sybille Uken, chair of the Charlottenburg district party’s arbitration committee who made the decision, said the meeting had been constructive and respectful.

“We agreed that we as the SPD will not allow ourselves to be divided – not by interpretations from outside,” she said.

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Your comments about this article

11:00 April 22, 2011 by tallady
I don't suppose that the number of books sold or the number of people agreeing with him had any influence on that decision.
12:02 April 22, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
Nothing like "free speech" or "expression" eh
12:40 April 22, 2011 by KamiZ
How can some one who labeled Arabs and Muslims as stupids can say he wasn't racist? The Arabs are a race!
18:27 April 22, 2011 by Englishted
12:40 April 22, 2011 by KamiZ

How can some one who labeled Arabs and Muslims as stupids can say he wasn't racist? The Arabs are a race!

True but muslims are not.
06:58 April 23, 2011 by bugger
Pointing out facts however unpleasant is not racism. Further Islamism is a political movement to create a global Caliphate and is not like other religions private/personal to people who practice it.

Sarrazin is trying to save Germany and Europe. Just look at Middle-East and the fate which awaits Europe in case it goes with the EU's Eurabia - or politically correct EU-Meditranean Alliance. Say goodbye to freedom, safety and quality of living for Europeans. Just ask Copts, Women, Africans and other minorities how they get treated in Middle East after these recent freedom movements to know how this future looks like.

It is freedom which creates economic opportunity and a rich cultural lifestyle which attracts hordes of immigrants to EU/America. But it seems many European politicians are hell bent on suicide taking their citizens with them .
14:15 April 24, 2011 by voltairean
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18:52 April 24, 2011 by hrt1
It's not only freedom but also fertile land and the greed of people that forms their rich lifestyle, which have been contributing to poverty and unrest in the other parts of the world.

The world will see peace when all races, colours and cultures have been mixed up under a common legislation, and this is what I think is missing in Sarrazin`s book. Who invited the Turks to Germany in the first place?

In a world facing shortages of energy & water, the German lifestyle of selling expensive cars to the outside world and consuming gas with high-speed cars on the Autobahn does not appear to be sustainable - same as with huge SUV's and Pickup trucks on U.S. freeways with enormous V8 engines and with only one person in the car.
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