Angela Merkel calls for widespread ban on ‘full veil’ Islamic coverings
The full veil is not appropriate here,” Merkel said. “It should be banned wherever it’s legally possible.”
We don't want any parallel societies,” she said. “Our law takes precedence before tribal rules, codes of honor and sharia.”
Merkel’s call to ban coverings echoes laws in France and other European nations to put restrictions on full-face coverings such as the burqa or other Islamic traditional garb for women such as the niqab, which shows only the eyes.
In 2004, the French government passed a highly controversial law banning any overt religious symbols from schools, which critics interpreted as a ban on Muslim headscarves by another name. In 2010, the government passed another law, banning outright any face-covering garments from public spaces, arguing that these garments violate individual freedoms, especially of women.
The European Court of Human Rights upheld the latter law in 2014 after it was challenged by a 24-year-old Muslim woman. The court agreed with the French government that the so-called “burqa ban” made it easier for citizens to “live together.”
why the change of heart?