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Offbeat Thilo Sarrazin flies from the SPD

19:10  31 july  2020
19:10  31 july  2020 Source:   dw.com

Thilo Sarrazin flies from the SPD

 Thilo Sarrazin flies from the SPD At the third attempt, the SPD leadership was successful: Thilo Sarrazin has to leave the party. Like the two pre-instances, the highest party court also considers the exclusion of the controversial author to be justified. © Getty Images / AFP / J. Macdougall He wants to contest the decision of the arbitration commission in court: Thilo Sarrazin (archive picture) The controversial ex-politician and author Thilo Sarrazin is no longer a member of the Social Democrats.

At the third attempt, the SPD leadership was successful: Thilo Sarrazin has to leave the party. Like the two pre-instances, the highest party court also considers the exclusion of the controversial author to be justified.

Er will den Beschluss der Schiedskommission vor Gericht anfechten: Thilo Sarrazin (Archivbild) © Getty Images / AFP / J. Macdougall He wants to contest the decision of the arbitration commission in court: Thilo Sarrazin (archive picture)

The controversial ex-politician and author Thilo Sarrazin is no longer a member of the Social Democrats. The highest party arbitration court declared the exclusion of the 75-year-old in Berlin admissible. The party exclusion was thus effective. After 2009/10 and 2011, it was the third attempt to kick the former Berlin finance senator and Bundesbanker out of the party.

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On the Twitter internet service, SPD general secretary Lars Klingbeil confirmed Sarrazin's exclusion.

Thilo Sarrazin is no longer a member of the SPD!

- Lars Klingbeil ???????? (@larsklingbeil) July 31, 2020

The trigger for the latest trial was Sarrazin's 2018 published book "Hostile takeover: How Islam hinders progress and threatens society" . The SPD leadership accuses Sarrazin of damaging the party's reputation with racist and Islamophobic theses. In January, the Berlin State Arbitration Commission confirmed in an appeal that the exclusion from the party was legal. The commission at the district level had previously seen it that way. Sarrazin appealed after both decisions - now the highest party has decided.

Inconsistent with values ​​of the SPD

Sarrazin’s statements and demands in the book are so different from the principles and basic values ​​of social democracy that the permanent separation from the party member is necessary, the Federal Arbitration Commission decided. Sarrazin's views are "embedded in a line of degrading people, especially Muslims," ​​it said. If Sarrazin remained a member of the SPD, the impression could arise that the SPD offered space to members in the right-wing populist spectrum.

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Der Auslöser des jüngsten Streits: das umstrittene Sarrazin-Buch © picture-alliance / dpa / K. Nietfeld The trigger of the recent dispute: the controversial Sarrazin book

Sarrazin could now go to a proper court, but according to the SPD, it would have to prove that there were procedural errors at the arbitral tribunal. Sarrazin had recently announced that he would go to the Federal Constitutional Court if necessary.

"Not a fair trial"

Sarrazin's statement was not long in coming: Friday, after the decision of the arbitral tribunal, the ex-politician stated that he would wait for the written justification of the judgment and then appeal to the Berlin Regional Court. "In my view, the decision was already made before the hearing," said the 75-year-old. "This was not an open, honest and fair process". Sarrazin added: "If you are insulted by someone and are morally disqualified as a racist and right-wing populist, then you have no choice but to defend your reputation. I will."

The Federal Arbitration Commission of the SPD is a body that independently decides on internal party disputes. Thorsten Jobs, a judge at the Higher Administrative Court in Potsdam, chaired the trial in the Berlin SPD party headquarters. The legal hurdles for a party exclusion are high so that the instrument cannot be misused to suppress criticism.

kle / uh (dpa, epd, afp)

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