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Der Standard - Austria | Friday, August 27, 2010

German Social Democrat hits out at Muslims

The new book Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany abolishes itself) by Thilo Sarrazin, member of the Bundesbank board and SPD politician, has made headlines. The daily Der Standard is critical particularly of its depiction of Muslim immigrants: "Muslims in Germany are lazy sods who have only two aims in life: plundering Germany's social welfare system and tirelessly propagating their useless species. These are - roughly speaking - the theses German Bundesbank banker Thilo Sarrazin, former SPD finance senator in Berlin, puts forward in his book. ... It doesn't take a degree in psychology to know that simply hammering away at people isn't going to motivate them to change. For Sarrazin there's not even black and white, only black. He completely ignores the many positive examples of integration. It all smells strongly of self-promotion and provocation at other people's expense. If Sarrazin were really interested in improving integration he would still be a politician and not a banker at the Bundesbank."

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