German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is in favour of bringing in a ban on women wearing full-face veils. The German head said the ban should be enforced wherever it was legally possible and that there would be no tolerance over the application of Shariah law.
Ms Merkel gained a huge round of applause when she called for the ban after formally accepting her party’s nomination as their candidate to stand for a further term of four years. She said banning the veil was necessary as she tried to prevent Far Right politicians from making more gains.
Show your face
She said: “Here we say, ‘Show your face’. So full veiling is not appropriate here. It should be prohibited wherever legally possible.” However, she did not elaborate on what those circumstances would be.
Her strategy will be to make sure that the Far Right does not gain votes from those who are staunchly anti-immigration. After allowing around a million asylum seekers into Germany, most of whom have come from Muslim countries, Ms Merkel has found her rating in the polls dipping.
She will be hoping that setting out a tough stance will bring voters back into the fold. She told members of the Christian Democratic Union at their annual conference that Germany should not be allowed to lose control of its borders.
The German chancellor also pledged that Shariah law would not be allowed to replace Germany justice. Her comments follow concerns raised over asylum seekers following a number of incidents in the country. In one incident, hundreds of women were sexually assaulted at Cologne’s central train station on New Year’s Eve. Many perpetrators were said to be of North African or Arab descent. Just a day ago, a young asylum seeker was arrested for the rape and murder of a woman, prompting an angry backlash.