Angela Merkel calls for banker’s sacking over remarks on Jews and Muslims

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, today called on Germany’s central bank to dismiss one of its board members over comments he made on Jews and immigrants.

Thilo Sarrazin said that “all Jews share the same gene” and Muslim immigrants in Europe were unwilling to integrate or incapable of integrating into western societies.

Jewish and Muslim communities have condemned the 65-year-old’s remarks, which were made before the launch of his book, Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab – or Germany Abolishes Itself – today.

Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, reiterated the chancellor’s call for the Bundesbank to consider Sarrazin’s future.

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