Q+A – Why Sarrazin comments on Jews, Muslims cause outcry in Germany
(Photo: Thilo Sarrazin at presentation of his book in Berlin, August 30, 2010/Fabrizio Bensch)
Leading politicians have called for the Bundesbank to dismiss the 65-year-old, who has dominated headlines in the public furore surrounding the launch of his book, “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (Germany does away with itself).
The Bundesbank has met to discuss Sarrazin’s fate this week, but has yet to announce a formal decision.
Following are some questions and answers about the case and why it has sparked such outcry in Germany.
WHAT CAUSED THE CONTROVERSY?
WHAT WAS THE REACTION?
IS IT EASY TO FIRE BUNDESBANK BOARD MEMBERS?
WHY DOES IT MATTER TO GERMANY?