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Germany proposes burqa ban in public places

German politicians are mulling a partial ban on Islamic face veils amid a fierce national debate on integrationGermany’s interior minister on Friday proposed partially banning the full-face burqa Islamic veil, as a debate on integration rages after two jihadist attacks and ahead of key state elections. The call by Thomas de Maiziere comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government attempts to address public fears surrounding last year’s record influx of nearly 1.1 million migrants and refugees, most from predominantly Muslim countries. De Maiziere, one of Merkel’s closest allies, said after a meeting with regional counterparts from his conservative bloc that the burqa ban would cover “places where it is necessary for our society’s coexistence” including government offices, schools and universities, courtrooms, demonstrations and behind the wheel.

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