Receiving an electrifying applause from the congregation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, calls for country-wide burqa ban saying, “the full-face veil is not acceptable in our country.”
At a Christian Democratic Union conference (CDU) held on Tuesday, Merkel expressed her plan to push for the ban of the garment. She addressed her party saying, “German law takes precedence over sharia,” and, “It should be banned, wherever it is legally possible.”
In August of this year, one of Angela Merkel’s closest allies in the CDU, Thomas de Maizière, the German interior minister called for a partial burqa ban stating that the veils were counterproductive to the integration process.
Along with her plan to ban the burqa Merkel discussed her goal of cracking down on the migrant influx that Germany experienced in 2015 by Merkel’s open border decision.
Merkel who received a 89.5 percent approval rating in her last election, was highly criticized for her open border decision and was blamed by her opponents for mass criminal activity thereafter. She had held fast to her decision of the open borders until Tuesday where she announced her new stance on the ongoing immigrant situation.
Speaking at the conference, the German Chancellor has vowed to continue to help people who need protection, but has toughened up her borders and strengthened the countries asylum rules.
The populist Alternative for Germany party (AfD), has now come out against Merkel and her push for the burqa bans.
Support of the burqa ban has been growing across Europe since 2011, when France became the first country to implement a ban on the full-face veils.
H/T: The Independent
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