Germany’s Merkel Calls for Ban on Full-Face Covers
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a ban on full-face veils worn by some Muslim women.
Merkel announced her position Tuesday at a conference of her Christian Democrat Union (CDU) in the central German city of Essen. Her comments were part of a speech she gave before her reelection as party leader.
"In communication between people, which is of course essential to our living together, we have to show our faces," Merkel said.
She said veils that fully cover the face should be banned "wherever legally possible." Merkel's CDU party has previously discussed banning them in schools, courts and other public buildings.
A small minority of Muslim women in Germany wear full-face veils.
In the past, Merkel has said she believes Muslims who completely cover their faces have little chance of fully mixing into German society.
Legal experts said it is unclear whether a veil ban would violate Germany's constitution.
Three European nations - France, Belgium and the Netherlands – already have bans on the face-covering veils.
Merkel recently announced she would seek a fourth term as chancellor in elections expected to be held in fall 2017. Her popularity has dropped since Germany decided to accept about one million refugees.
German public opinion studies show Merkel's CDU party is currently leading among voters. But even if the CDU wins, the Chancellor would likely have to form a coalition government with competing parties.
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"The 2017 election will be more difficult than any election before, at least since German reunification," Merkel said.
Merkel also faces strong opposition from the anti-immigration Alternative for Deutschland (AFD) party. The AFD has been critical of Muslim migrants entering Germany. The group recently said Islam is not compatible with Germany's constitution.
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2.party leader 政党领袖
He was overwhelmingly re-elected as party leader.
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1.German public opinion studies show Merkel's CDU party is currently leading among voters.
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2.But even if the CDU wins, the Chancellor would likely have to form a coalition government with competing parties.
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The Social Democrats say they are ready after all to begin talks on joining a coalition government.
Since June the country has had a coalition government.
德国总理安格拉·默克尔(Angela Merkel)呼吁禁止佩戴遮盖全脸的伊斯兰面纱 。
周二，在德国中部埃森市召开的基督教民主联盟（简称CDU，基民盟）年度党代会上，默克尔表达了这一立场 。这是她再次竞选连任党魁的演讲的一部分 。
她表示，只要符合法律规定，这种覆盖全脸的面纱应该被禁止 。默克尔所在的基民盟党打算在学校、法院等公共场所禁止遮盖全脸的面纱 。
近期，默克尔宣布将在2017年秋天竞选第四次连任总理 。自从德国决定接收约100万难民后，她的支持率出现下滑 。
德国民意调查显示，默克尔所在的基民盟党目前处于领先地位 。然而，即便基民盟党获胜，总理也必须同竞争党派组成联合政府 。
默克尔还面临着反对移民的新选择党的巨大压力 。德国新选择党一直反对穆斯林移民进入德国 。最近该党称，伊斯兰教与德国宪法水火不容 。