born in Gera in 1945, after his studies in Bonn he earned his Ph.D. and became a doctor of Political and Economic Sciences. He has been a member of the SPD since 1973. From 1975 on he was active in various Federal Ministries as a consultant, division head and office manager. From 2002 to 2009 Sarrazin was the Berlin senator for finance and then switched to the board of the German Federal Bank. His book »Deutschland schafft sich ab« (tr: Germany disestablishes itself) was published in 2010. Sarrazin lives in Berlin.