"Thilo Sarrazin said he would leave the board of the Bundesbank at the end of September after making a string of inflammatory comments both in public and in a book published earlier this week entitled "Germany Abolishes Itself".
The 65-year-old Mr Sarrazin said that "Jews share a particular gene" and that Europe was being overrun by poorly educated Muslims with a higher birth rate and an unwillingness to integrate. He questioned whether the basic characteristics of Germany were being undermined.".
However news reaches this blogger that the board of the Bundesbank had already voted to remove him. His resignation comes in the face of his imminent forcible removal from the post. A pity he has been allowed to save face but at least he will be gone by the end of the month. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party in Germany who are partners with Ireland's Fine Gael party in the European parliament's EPP group. It is believed that he has become an embarrassment to all who previously worked with him politically.