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German mainstream party kicks out anti-Islam member

The regional arbitration court of the Berlin SPD has excluded the author and former finance senator Thilo Sarrazin from the party.

Published: January 24, 2020, 6:53 am

    In addition to his anti-immigration book Hostile Takeover, the reason for the decision was also a performance at an Austrian FPÖ party event during the European election campaign, reported the Austrian news agency APA, citing party circles.

    A party court of Sarrazin’s district association Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf had decided in summer 2019 that the SPD should exclude Sarrazin. The judges accused him of “cultural and anti-Islamic racism”, referring to two party reports.

    There had previously been two attempts to throw the former Bundesbank board member out of the party.

    Sarrazin had taken part in a FPÖ discussion event in Vienna in March 2019. Together with the then Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ), he spoke about the dangers of Islamization.

    The former finance senator told German daily Die Welt that he had not yet been informed of the decision. His lawyer explained yesterday: “After today’s inquiry to the SPD Landesverband Berlin, we were informed that a decision was being prepared for which there would be a restraint period until tomorrow, January 24, 10:00 a.m. Obviously, the party leadership of the SPD has already made the decision to tell the media and public today.”

    In the meantime, the former deputy SPD chair Ralf Stegner expressed his joy at the decision of the arbitral tribunal via Twitter. “It is good that we no longer have to justify ourselves over the foolish, dull and rightwing Sarrazin outpourings on refugees, Islam or other tasteless issues!”

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      The Islamophilia of the party leadership and hierarchy of the SPD has long been quite evident, as has the tendency in a large part of the party’s membership. It incidents such as this that keep reminding us of just where the SPD stands.

      • pcl

        H11ler, who said that it was a pity that Islam had not conquered Europe, instead of “meek and flabby” Christianity, would be overjoyed with the behavior of the SPD leadership.

        • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

          Indeed so. In World War II, many Muslims, especially from the Balkans, were recruited into the German military.

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