Sunday, 20 May 2012
The Arsonist strikes again – Thilo Sarrazin’s new anti-Euro book
If there is someone in Germany causing massive xenophobia and earning money with it, then it can only be Thilo Sarrazin. Last evening, he presented his new book on a Sunday evening talk show, titled: “Europe does not need the Euro” (original title: “Europa braucht den Euro nicht”), in a debate with the potential social democratic top candidate Peer Steinbrück.
Sarrazin, a former member of the board of directors of the German Central Bank, and former finance senator of the federal state of Berlin, already caused a public commotion after having published his first book in 2010, titled “Germany is abolishing itself” (original title: “Deutschland schafft sich ab”), where he attacked the presumably increasing influence of immigrants in society, culture, and economics, causing a significant “degeneration” of Germany’s economic and social potential by a, as he claims, over-reproduction of unskilled foreigners and an under-reproduction of the German intellectual elite.
His new book won’t be on sale before Tuesday; however, the outraged reactions from politicians and society are huge already. In the middle of the Euro-crisis, Sarrazin blames the Euro as the ultimate main cause for the current financial and economic crisis in the Euro-Zone and insists that Europe has no need for a common currency, and that transferring all monetary and economic competencies to the European level would be a typical Germany “reflex” to overcome its persistent holocaust trauma which – in his view – is completely dominating all German politics.
It was a fight between a pro-Euro versus an anti-Euro position; despite the fact that Sarrazin is a member of the social democratic party, but that is the only common thing.
In his book, Sarrazin claims to prove the redundancy of the Euro by Germany’s weakened economic performance compared to other non-Euro countries since the Euro has been introduced. Before its introduction, Germany’s economic performance with its former national currency – the Deutsch Mark – was outstanding compared to other European countries.
In a few excerpts of his newest book, Sarrazin – one more time – uses polemic remarks which are close to racist tendencies, blaming the Greek crisis as a result of the Greek mentality, unable to implement or to apply the fiscal, administrative, and political discipline as it is the case in Germany. This is Sarrazin’s favourite strategy in his books, blaming the “failures” of non-German mentalities. According to his “hypothesis”, the Greek debt crisis is settled deep in Greek history.
He even goes further, comparing so called “Germanic” and “Romanic” fiscal policies, simplistically outlining differences in the sheer matter of environmental, climatic, and mental conditions.
This assumption is simply far beyond any reasonable scientific base, although he claims his hypotheses to be based exclusively on statistics. In a final question to the title of his book, if the Euro as a common currency should be abolished, or if Germany shall withdraw from the EMU, Sarrazin claims that Europe has no need for a common currency; which does not answer the question by the way.
Naturally, Sarrazin’s book is not dangerous, as Steinbrück says, but it will boost it to a high rank in bestseller lists. It should be, however, pointed out that Sarrazin is desperately seeking for publicity, and he knows how to create publicity with polemic statements. In its most recent edition, the German weekly news magazine “Stern” described Sarrazin as Germany’s “most disgusting controverter and arsonist”.
The “Stern” was right, Sarrazin is a controverter and an arsonist, and he knows how perform self-marketing through his controversial books, which by the way do not claim any reasonable mainstream position in German public. But as long as some buy his book, Sarrazin will be satisfied.
In fact, no one should take him too seriously, not with the pseudo-sciences he is using to market his position. Steinbrück did not take him seriously, nor shall we.