Thilo Sarrazin’s rhetoric may be divisive and (perceived as) racist but he has made some important points about the lack of integration of many Muslim immigrants, German media commentators say. Many in Germany agree with him and believe it’s high time the government started tackling the issue, they add.
If you’re not familiar with what’s happening here, Â GoV has a bit of background on Sarazzin:
Thilo Sarrazin is a member of the board of the Bundesbank in Germany. For several years his outspoken opinions about immigrants have caused controversy â€” he has declared that Turks and Arabs are making Germany “dumber” because they have lower IQs and are more fecund than native Germans.
The hot water he found himself in as a result of all this has neared the boiling point in the last couple of weeks with the publication of his new book,Â Deutschland schafft sich ab â€” Wie wir unser Land aufs Spiel setzen (“Abolishing Germany â€” How we’re putting our country in jeopardy”). AnÂ interview with a cultural magazine prior to the book’s release brought the scalding water down on his head from both ends of the political spectrum.
Mr. Sarrazin is a member of the SPD (Social Democrats), and his party immediatelyÂ disavowed him:
The Social Democrats’ leader Sigmar Gabriel has signalled that Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin should leave the centre-left party following his latest inflammatory and anti-immigrant statements.
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On immigration in Germany:
“I don’t want the country of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be largely Muslim, or that Turkish or Arabic will be spoken in large areas, that women will wear headscarves and the daily rhythm is set by the call of the muezzin. If I want to experience that, I can just take a vacation in the Orient.”
On birthrates in Germany:
“The Turks are taking over Germany exactly as the Kosovars took over Kosovo: via a higher birth rate. I wouldn’t mind if it were Jews from Eastern Europe with a 15 percent higher IQ than the German population.”