SPD Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil said on Thursday the party’s request to expel Thilo Sarrazin from the party had been granted by the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf arbitration commission.
This is the party executive’s third attempt to expel the former finance senator for his anti-Islam writing and rhetoric.
Klingbeil told ntv it’s important the SPD takes a strong stance, that they make it clear that right extremist ideology and racist thoughts have no place in the party.
— Lars Klingbeil 🇪🇺 (@larsklingbeil) July 11, 2019
Sarrazin, whose most recent book is titled “Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impedes Progress and Threatens Society” wants to take action against the decision of the commission. The politician said, if necessary, he would take it all the way up to the Federal Court of Justice and the Constitutional Court.
The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution has classified the “Identitäre Bewegung Deutschland” or the “Identitarian Movement Germany” as right-wing extremist.
The office found the positions of the group, including discriminating against people of non-European origin, are not compatible with Germany’s Basic Law.
In a statement, Thomas Haldenwang, president of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, called the people in the movement “spiritual arsonists.”
The classification enables the office to carry out more intensive monitoring and also use intelligence services. According to the office, there are currently about 600 members in the Identitarian Movement Germany.
On their website, the movement describes themselves as “patriotic” and said the new classification was “politically motivated.”
On Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel sat down beside the Danish Prime minister during a military reception in Berlin.
The change in protocol comes after Merkel began trembling during a public appearance on Wednesday. It was the third such incident in less than a month.
Merkel said in a statement afterwards that she takes her health seriously.
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