Germany could become the next European country to ban face veils under a proposal announced on Friday by officials in the ruling coalition.
The officials intend to have the face veils banned in public places where identification is required — such as registry offices, schools, kindergartens and government offices — saying that they did not fit in with Germany’s society.
“Full-face veils, as mentioned, we reject this. Not just the burka, any full-face veils that only shows eyes of a person,” said Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere at a press conference held by members of the Christian Democratic Union and their allied Christian Social Union, which govern in a coalition.
“It does not fit into our society for us, for our communication, for our cohesion in the society…. This is why we demand you show your face.”