Merkel rallies for burqa ban in Germany in run-up to 2017 election

Source: Dawn

Merkel, playing to the wing of her conservative party that has been deeply unsettled by last year’s record influx of asylum seekers ─ most of them Muslims fleeing war zones ─ underlined her support for a proposal in August by her interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, to outlaw the burqa. “The full veil must be banned wherever it is legally possible,” she said.Merkel, however, also attacked the rise of right-wing populists in Germany, hitting out at opponents of her liberal refugee policy staking a claim to define German national identity.She told the annual congress of her Christian Democratic Union that it was legitimate to expect integration from newcomers whilst underlining her party’s bid to ban the full face veil.”We all get to determine who ‘the people’ are ─ not just a few, no matter how loud they are,” Merkel said.

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