Hesse, a state run by Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, on Wednesday became the first German region to ban Muslim face veils for public sector workers.
(Photo: Geert Wilders in The Hague, December 16, 2010/Jerry Lampen)
The Netherlands could ban full face veils worn by some Muslim women,as soon as next year, Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders told Reuters in an interview on Thursday. Wilders' populist Freedom Party is the third largest in parliament and provides crucial support to the minority ruling coalition in exchange for the government taking a tougher line on Islam and immigration from non-Western countries.
(Photo: Sandrine Mouleres, June 28, 2010/Stephane Mahe)
A French police tribunal has annulled a 22 euro ($29.50) fine against a woman found wearing a niqab while driving in the western city of Nantes last April. The case fuelled not just one but two separate debates in France, one on banning the "burqa" and another on polygamy among immigrants. Full veils have been legally banned, the polygamy debate has temporarily fizzled out and Sandrine Mouleres, the Muslim convert who challenged the fine, seems to have come out a winner. For now, at least...