Angela Merkel: Full-face veil must be banned in Germany

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 07 December 2016 | 07 Rabi ul Awal 1438

German leader seeks her party’s support ahead of election, promising tougher refugee policy and calling for a veil ban.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a public ban on the full-face veil as her political party gears up to back her for a fourth term in office.

The suggested policy won Merkel overwhelming applause on Tuesday from about 1,000 delegates ahead of her conservative Christian Democrats’ (CDU) party conference vote, which is expected to return her for the ninth time as its chief.

She said the Muslim full-face veil was not compatible with German culture.

“Here we say ‘show your face’. So full veiling is not appropriate here. It should be prohibited wherever legally possible,” she told the crowd to cheers.

A year ago, the CDU rejected such a ban.

The party has already begun drawing up plans for banning the full veil in areas such as courts, police checks, and while driving vehicles.

Merkel also told delegates that last year’s influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees would not happen again.

“A situation like that [in] the summer of 2015 can and should not be repeated,” Merkel said at the two-day conference in the western industrial city of Essen. “This was and remains our declared political goal.”

She told the conference refugees had found protection in Germany against war, persecution, and lack of perspective in their troubled homelands. But she also said “not every refugee can stay”.

Merkel’s promises come a month after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States and at a time when Europe is reeling from a surge in far-right populism and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Source – Al Jazeera