The Board of Germany’s Bundesbank says it’s voted unamimously to seek the dismissal of Thilo Sarrazin, the board member who’s sparked uproar with his comments about race and integration.
He’s claimed in a book that Jews have a particular genetic make-up.
The bank has asked German President Christian Wulff to remove the 65-year- old.
Amid protests notably by the Jewish community, Sarazzin has been rebuked by Chancellor Angela Merkel and a string of leading politicians.
A television poll suggested more people disagreed with his views than backed them. But over half those questioned saw no need for Sarrazin to be fired.
He has said migrants of Turkish and Arab origin refuse to inegrate, that they sponge off the state and make Germany less intelligent on average.
But Sarrazin denies he is racist and has refused to step down from the Social Democratic political party or the board of the powerful central bank.
Until now it has distanced itself from his comments but has now moved to have him dismissed.
The final decision lies in the hands of Germany’s president.
Bundesbank board votes for Sarrazin's dismissal