Painful separation: Thilo Sarrazin does not want to leave the SPD.
Thilo Sarrazin is supposed to be excluded, but definitely wants to stay. The SPD is facing a legal dispute that will last for years.
Dhe SPD is an old party that is haunted. Various ghosts of the past always cause horror and annoyance: Former chairman Oskar Lafontaine appeared for a long time, Gerhard Schröder hovers through the picture, even Sigmar Gabriel was wandering through the Willy-Brandt-Haus as a specter for some time. The ghosts are persistent. Thilo Sarrazin seems indestructible. The former finance senator of Berlin and Bundesbanker has been leaving the house for many years. But Sarrazin has been there for almost half a century and wants to stay.
The SPD tried three times to exclude him. The matter has already failed twice. It’s going better this time. A party court, the state arbitration commission, confirmed this week the decision of a district commission last summer. But the matter is far from over and Sarrazin has had his lawyers tell him that he will continue to defend himself against his party expulsion for years, given the length of the legal channels. The length of the procedures guarantees the 74-year-old author’s attention. People talk about him, his theses, his books. So the process provides everything you need as an SPD bogeyman. But is that enough as an explanation?