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SPD wants to exclude Thilo Sarrazin from party

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Thilo Sarrazin, former Finance Senator of Berlin, presents his new book "Hostile Takeover -- How Islam Hampers Progress and Threatens Society" during a press conference in Berlin on August 30, 2018. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

The SPD executive wants to try again to exclude the former Berlin financial senator and controversial author Thilo Sarrazin from the party. Sarrazin’s theses are not compatible with the principles of the SPD, and he adds „grave damage“ to the party, Secretary General Lars Klingbeil said today.Withdrawal request for new book

In the summer, the SPD leadership had asked Sarrazin to leave the party voluntarily after presenting his Islam-critical book „Hostile Takeover“. A working group was also tasked with examining the book and exploring the possibility of a party exclusion process.

„The Commission of Inquiry has now submitted a comprehensive and well-founded report,“ Klingbeil said. On this basis, the party executive decided to initiate a new party order procedure. The goal is the exclusion Sarrazin from the SPD.
SPD already failed twice with expulsion

The SPD has twice failed with the attempt to throw the former Berlin Finance Senator from the party. Sarrazin had gotten among other things as a condition, not to behave party-damaging. He is best known as an author for his bestseller published in 2010, „Germany Abandons Off“.

The barriers to party exclusion are generally high, so that he can not be abused as an instrument to get rid of people who are unpopular. The former ministerial official, State Secretary, Senator and Federal Banker had said in the summer, he felt in the SPD „still in good hands“.