Eurobigot Sarrazin unveils book as condemnation continues to rain in | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 30.08.2010
Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) on Monday said it would begin proceedings for the expulsion of longstanding member Thilo Sarrazin over comments in his new book.
Sarrazin, a central bank executive, officially launched his book “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (“Germany does away with itself”) at a press conference in Berlin on Monday. A series of interviews with Sarrazin last week included xenophobic comments against Muslims and Jews, causing a storm of controversy in the run-up to the launch.
At the launch, Sarrazin reiterated his beliefs about the threat of Muslim culture to European societies. He told reporters that Germans were in danger of becoming “strangers in their own country” and demanded stronger checks on immigrants.
“There is no place for these ideas in the SPD,” Ralf Stegner, the SPD chairman in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, told the daily newspaper Tageszeitung. “It would be better if he would resign himself, but I fear that he won’t do this.”