GERMAN ministers have said they will bring in an effectual ban on the burka by making it illegal for women not to show their faces in public.
Senior members of Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition struck a compromise after the leader expressed unease about the full face veil, but appeared to come out against officially outlawing it.
They will now not legally ban the burka, but will instead bring in new laws requiring people to show their faces in public streets as well as in courts, offices and schools, which will effectively render the garment illegal.
A fierce debate has been raging in Germany over the place on society of the full-length Islamic dress, with senior politicians arguing it makes it impossible for Muslims to properly integrate into society.
However, up until now the top echelons of Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party had been unwilling to push for a full ban on the garment for fear of inflaming tensions.
The far-right is resurgent across much of Germany with the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party capitalising on unease over the large number of migrants arriving and a spate of Islamist inspired terrorist attacks.
But tonight Berlin’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced a breakthrough on the burka issue, with proposals for fresh laws on public dress now set to be put before the Bundestag.
He said: “We reject the full-face veil. To show one’s face is constitutive for living together in our society.
“We all agree that we want to impose a bid to legally show your face, in places where it is necessary for the coexistence of our society – at the wheel, to authorities, the registry office, in schools and universities, in the public service, in court.”
The proposed burka law is part of a “Berlin declaration” signed by senior members of the CDU and their coalition partners, the Christian Social Union (CSU), listing numerous demands to solve Germany’s migrant crisis.
Other demands include the hiring of an additional 15,000 police officers to counter the growing threat of Islamist extremism, more video surveillance, better police equipment like ballistic helmets and shields and more powers for security services.
The ministers also want a drive to identify “non-German hate preachers”, to prevent forced marriages, to boost deportations and to row back on asylum seeker services.
The announcement came as politicians in Spain ratcheted up pressure on the government in Madrid to respect a parliamentary vote in that country to ban the burka.
MPs in Spain backed a motion calling for the Islamic garment to be outlawed in 2010, but since then two presidents have decided not to implement the measure.
Full article: Germany WILL ban the burka: Ministers ‘to order Muslim women to show faces in public’ (Express)