Outlining her strategy to counter a wave of populism that has consumed key allies abroad, Merkel vowed there would not be a repeat of last year’s record refugee influx.
She also stressed it was legitimate for Germany to expect newcomers to integrate, and this included rejection of the niqab full-face veil.
“The full veil must be banned wherever it is legally possible,” she told the annual gathering of her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
I’m not into banning particular pieces of clothing but I think society can say that we don’t want people walking around with no face showing at all – whether that be balaclavas or niqab. How can people integrate if you can’t even show your face.