'Man Who Divided Germany' Forced Out of Bank

Author steps down under "massive pressure"
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Sep 10, 2010 9:31 AM CDT
Thilo Sarrazin, author and provocateur.    (AP Photo/Miguel Villagran, File)

(Newser) – The author of a new book that is critical of Muslim immigrants and speculated about a "specific gene" that "all Jews share" has resigned from the board of Germany's central bank, Bundesbank, under "massive pressure." Thilo Sarrazin, the "man who divided Germany," resigned just one week after the bank asked the German president to give him the boot, preventing a potentially messy legal standoff, notes Der Spiegel. Sarrazin has drawn fire for his comments, including his claim that Germany was being overrun by "less intelligent" foreigners.

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