German banker causes race storm

The German government has condemned
an official with the country’s central bank on the publication of his book on
immigration issues.

Bundesbank member Thilo Sarrazin’s
book, Germany Abolishes Itself, states that Muslim immigrants refuse to
integrate and are a drain on society.

In a newspaper interview about the
book, he said that “all Jews share a particular gene”.

“The government views the
reputation of the Bundesbank as definitely harmed, domestically and abroad, by
Mr Sarrazin’s comments,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen
Seibert.

The Social Democratic Party, of
which Mr Sarrazin is a long-standing member, said it was taking action to expel
Mr Sarrazin.

Mr Sarrazin has defended his
comments and his writing, saying: “I can’t imagine the chancellor has had
the time to read my book.”

“It’s very balanced,” he
said.

In the book he writes: “I
don’t want us to end up as strangers in our own land, not even on a regional basis.”

He also writes that “most of
the cultural and economic problems are concentrated in a group of the five to
six million immigrants from Muslim countries”.

Germany has more than four million
Muslims, most of them of Turkish origin.

Members of Germany’s Jewish and
Turkish communities have condemned the book as racist.

Based on advance orders,
it has shot to the top of Germany’s sales chart.

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