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AFP
May 9, 2021

Germany’s Greens exclude mayor over racist comments

AFP
May 9, 2021

BERLIN: Germany´s Greens on Saturday voted to exclude from the party the mayor of the southwestern town of Tuebingen over racist remarks he made on social media about a black soccer player.

Members of the party in Baden-Wurtemberg overwhelmingly voted to remove Boris Palmer, who has often been criticized over his comments about immigrants and minorities.

In a posting on Thursday on Facebook, Palmer called former German player Dennis Aogo a "bad racist" and used a racial slur.

His comments were met with outrage by members of his party, which is leading in the polls ahead of the September elections.

"The comments by Boris Palmer are racist and repulsive," Annalena Baerbock, the Green´s candidate for chancellor, wrote on Twitter.

She also rejected Palmer´s claim that he was being ironic and said he had lost the party´s backing. "This adds to repeated provocations which exclude and hurt people," she said. Winfried Kretschmann, minister-president of Baden-Wurtemberg, said it was simply unacceptable for Palmer to make such comments.