German interior minister calls for partial burqa ban

German politicians are mulling a partial ban on Islamic face veils amid a fierce national debate on integrationGerman Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere came out Friday in favour of a partial burqa ban amid a fierce national debate on integration. "We agree that we reject the burqa, we agree that we want to introduce a legal requirement to show one's face in places where it is necessary for our society's coexistence — at the wheel, at public offices, at the registry office, in schools and universities, in the civil service, in court," he said after a meeting with regional counterparts from his conservative party. De Maiziere told public television that the full face veil "does not belong in our cosmopolitan country".

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