The Federal Arbitration Commission wrote in its justification that “the statements and demands propagated by Sarrazin were not compatible with the principles and values of social democracy. Therefore, the permanent separation from the party member Sarrazin is necessary.” It also said the SPD should avoid creating the impression that it offers space to members of the right-wing populist spectrum.
After the decision, Sarrazin announced that he would contest the exclusion with the Berlin district court. He would wait for the written justification of the judgment. “This was not an open, honest and fair process,” said Sarrazin. He did not want to be downgraded as a racist and right-wing populist and had no choice but to defend his reputation.