The World From Berlin
'Sarrazin Has Crossed a Red Line With His Racist Nonsense'
Sarrazin's new book: "Germany Does Away with Itself: How We Are Gambling Away our Country."
German newspapers have poured scorn on Thilo Sarrazin, the Bundesbank board member who has published a book claiming Muslim immigrants are undermining German society. His words are racist and divisive, say some editorials. Others say he is voicing important points, albeit in the wrong tone.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has joined a chorus of criticism of Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin for claiming in a book released on Monday that Germany is in decline because of its Muslim immigrants. Merkel said in a television interview on Sunday that Sarrazin's choice of words in the integration debate was "completely unacceptable."
"He is making a discussion of these issues much more difficult," Merkel told the German public television station ARD. "The words being used here divide society."
Sarrazin, a member of the center-left Social Democrats, provoked further criticism at the weekend by saying in a newspaper interview that "all Jews share a certain gene."
Sarrazin, a former minister of finance for the city-state of Berlin, has repeatedly caused controversy by criticising Turks and Arabs in Germany. The latest controversy has led to renewed calls for him to be sacked from his Bundesbank job and evicted from his party.
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