Angela Merkel calls for burqa ban 'wherever possible'

Angela Merkel calls for a ban on the burka 'wherever possible'

Angela Merkel has reportedly called for a ban on the burqa

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Angela Merkel has called for a ban on the burqa "wherever possible," according to the DPA international newswire.

In August she claimed that fully-veiled women are not able to integrate into society, according to reports.

She also backed Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière when he suggested a partial ban was likely to be introduced. 

Merkel's call also comes after a poll conducted by German broadcaster ARD earlier this year, which suggested that 81% of the German population wanted the burqa to be banned in public.

Germany has witnessed a huge amount of immigration in recent months, with Merkel having previously encouraged migrants to come to her country. The influx in refugees has been accompanied by a rise in instances of Islamophobia.

More news on this as it develops.