FRANKFURT, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Germany's Bundesbank will hold
a special board meeting on Monday to discuss the future of one
of its board members after controversial comments about Jews and
immigrants, a Bundesbank official said on Monday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday the
Bundesbank would have to examine whether Thilo Sarrazin could
remain in his post and other political leaders said he was out
of line for his comments about Jews, which were also criticised
by Jewish leaders in the country responsible for the Holocaust.
Sarrazin, 65, told a German newspaper that "all Jews share a
particular gene" ahead of the release of his book that takes a
critical look at Turk and Arab immigrants.
"The board will discuss this issue at a special meeting
starting at 1200 GMT," a Bundesbank official familiar with the
internal procedures said. The Bundesbank would make a statement
after the meeting.
A Bundesbank spokesman would not confirm that a meeting was
The Bundesbank board can recommend that German President
Christian Wulff dismiss Sarrazin if they consider he has
breached the central bank's internal code of ethics.
(Reporting by Andreas Framke, writing by Krista Hughes)