Germany bans burkas, Chancellor Merkel agrees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a burka ban in her pitch for a fourth term.Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a burka ban in her pitch for a fourth term.Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

BBC – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited in the country “wherever it is legally possible”.

At a meeting of her CDU party, she backed a burka ban in schools, courts and other state buildings.

It is widely accepted that a total ban would violate Germany’s constitution.

Mrs Merkel was re-elected CDU leader but faces a tough challenge by the right-wing anti-immigration AfD party in next year’s polls.

She has seen her approval ratings slip since her decision to allow about a million asylum seekers into Germany during last year’s Europe-wide migrant crisis.

However the centre-right chancellor, who has been power since 2005, still retains wide support.

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