Angela Merkel calls for burqa ban in Germany

Published: December 6, 2016
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a press conference in Berlin. PHOTO: REUTERS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a press conference in Berlin. PHOTO: REUTERS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday for ban on burqa, saying it was not acceptable in her country.

“The full-face veil is not acceptable in our country,” she said while addressing her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, The Independent reported. “It should be banned, wherever it is legally possible.”

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The German politician is now fighting for her fourth term as the chancellor, and made the comments while making her pitch.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, who is Merkel’s one of closest allies in the party, had proposed in August this year prohibiting burqa while terming veils “contrary of integration”.

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Maizière remarked that the law could be implemented in “places where it is necessary for our society’s coexistence” such as government offices, schools, and demonstrations etc.

Across Europe, the support for burqa ban has been gaining momentum since France implemented the law against it in a first in 2011. Belgium, Bulgaria and parts of Switzerland followed suit afterwards.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Huzur
    Dec 6, 2016 - 9:27PM

    in these uncertain times not knowing who is a well wisher who the foe this is sensible commonsense precaution.In public places these bans are essential.Of what use will cctv cameras be if one cannot see the face.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Dec 6, 2016 - 10:03PM

    About time!!!Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    Dec 7, 2016 - 3:45AM

    Its too late for her to voo voters she did wrong by accepting dirt of world in Germany.Recommend

  • Counterpoint
    Dec 7, 2016 - 5:07AM

    It’s global fear. From Philippines to China to Srilanka to US to Russia to Germany to UK. Either all of these countries across continents are at fault or its time for some introspection. It’s easy to blame other religions/races/sects, but it won’t take the issue away. Infact, the problem grows.

    Time at act against all terror groups indiscriminately because there’s no good or bad cancer.Recommend

  • bajwa
    Dec 7, 2016 - 5:25AM

    If Muslims cannot provide freedom to other religions in their own countries then they have no right to complain about such actions of other religions. What goes around, comes around. The whole world knows very well how non-Muslims are treated in Muslim countries. Recommend

  • Animal Farm
    Dec 7, 2016 - 5:57AM

    Duerte, Trump,Theresa May,Brexit, and the resignation of Hollande and Italian PM shows that the common people of Europe are fed up with these Muslim immigrants wrecking havoc and they are all quiet but will show anger in the ballot boxes….

    Now Merkel is trying to bring back the angry voters pretending to be tough on Muslims when everyone knows she brought them in the first placeRecommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Dec 7, 2016 - 12:13PM

    Whewww finally a good welcome move . Recommend

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