Angela Merkel pushes to ban full facial veil

Angela Merkel pushes to ban full facial veil, by Anton Troianovski.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the prohibition in some situations of the full facial veil, toughening her rhetoric toward Muslim immigrants as she sought to shore up her party’s conservative flank at its annual convention.

“We show our face in interpersonal communication,” Ms. Merkel told delegates of her Christian Democratic Union party to some of the strongest applause of her more than hour-long speech. “Because of this, the full veil is unacceptable for us. It should be banned wherever legally possible.”

Ms Merkel also said that German law superseded Islamic law, or Shariah, in a nod to criticism that her policy of accepting refugees had undermined the rule of law in the country.

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