German MPs approve partial burqa ban, by The Australian.
The new law on facial coverings falls short of a total ban in public places demanded by right-wing parties, like that in effect in neighbouring France since 2011.
The prohibition will apply to public servants — including election officials, military and judicial staff — performing their duties.
“The state has a duty to present itself in an ideologically and religiously neutral manner,” says the text of the law passed by the lower house in the evening. …
People can also be required to remove facial coverings in order to match them with their identity papers.
hat-tip Stephen Neil