“In my opinion, a fully veiled woman has little chance to integrate in Germany”, said Chancellor Angela Merkel with regard to the recent controversies on burkinis and burqa in public places. With these words, Merkel has reiterated her position, stressing that she sees burqas as an obstacle and assuring her support to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere in case partial bans are suggested.
It looks like the agreement to ban burqas and other Islamic veils that entirely cover the face of the woman, has almost been reached. In fact, the regional Interior Ministers of the Christian-Democratic-Social Union (CDU-CSU, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel) want to impose a ban on burqas. According to the DPA agency, it has been announced on TV by Federal Minister Thomas de Maizière.
“We agree on prescribing the obligation to show the face in places where it is necessary for the coexistence of people in our society: at the wheel, before the authorities, at the Civil Status Office, in schools and universities, in public service, before a court”, the minister said on the second public channel, ZDF. “We unanimously reject burqas; it is not suitable for our country, which is open to the world,” said de Maizière. Together with regional colleagues, the Interior Minister wants to present a list of demands to increase security in Germany today.