Angela Merkel takes a French cue, calls for burqa ban in Germany before election
Merkel said the Muslim full-face veil was not compatible with German culture
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a public ban on the full-face veil in the country saying it was not compatible with German culture.
Addressing her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Merkel endorsed her party’s call for a partial ban on the burqa and the niqab in the country.
"Here we say 'show your face'. So full veiling is not appropriate here. It should be prohibited wherever legally possible," she told to loud applause.
The CDU party is expected to pass a motion this week, proposing a ban on the full-face veil in some areas of public life such as courts, schools and universities, as well as in road traffic and during police checks, The Guardian reported.
Angela Merkel just vowed to ban the full-face veil ... except, it's unclear how many people even wear it in Germany. pic.twitter.com/cPWqdjeJJ1
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Accepting her party’s nomination as its candidate for another four-year term, Merkel focused on law-and-order issues.
Merkel’s call for burqa ban follows the Netherlands’ move at the end of November to introduce a partial ban on the full veil in hospitals, municipal institutions, schools and on transport.
France was the first European country to adopt a law prohibiting the complete covering of one's face in public ynder President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2011.
“Our law takes precedence over codes of honour, tribal or family rules, and over sharia law – that has to be spelled out clearly,” Merkel said.
“This also means that it is important to show face when people communicate,” she added.
Several other European countries including Belgium, Bulgaria and the Swiss canton of Tessin have also introduced similar bans.
meanwhile, addressing the delegtaes, Merkel also told that the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees occurred last year would not happen again.
"A situation like that [in] the summer of 2015 can and should not be repeated. This was and remains our declared political goal," she said.