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Germany: 'Banning burqas constitutionally problematic' - de Maiziere02:06

Germany: 'Banning burqas constitutionally problematic' - de Maiziere

Germany, Berlin
August 11, 2016 at 17:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere ruled out banning the burqa in Germany during a press conference in Berlin, Wednesday, saying it would be "constitutionally problematic" and instead unveiled a package of increased security measures to counter radical extremism on home soil.

"I think that a general ban of the burqa is constitutionally problematic. This is likely to fall under the responsibility of the federal states. You cannot ban everything you oppose, and I oppose the wearing of a burqa," de Maiziere stated.

The minister went on to announce that he wants to "boost social care for refugees," while also creating an entity refugees can turn to in their respective language if realising that one of their fellows shows signs of radicalization.

"Finally I want to suggest to strip German citizens holding a dual citizenship of their German citizenship in case they fight abroad for a terrorist organisation," de Maiziere concluded.

Germany: 'Banning burqas constitutionally problematic' - de Maiziere02:06
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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere ruled out banning the burqa in Germany during a press conference in Berlin, Wednesday, saying it would be "constitutionally problematic" and instead unveiled a package of increased security measures to counter radical extremism on home soil.

"I think that a general ban of the burqa is constitutionally problematic. This is likely to fall under the responsibility of the federal states. You cannot ban everything you oppose, and I oppose the wearing of a burqa," de Maiziere stated.

The minister went on to announce that he wants to "boost social care for refugees," while also creating an entity refugees can turn to in their respective language if realising that one of their fellows shows signs of radicalization.

"Finally I want to suggest to strip German citizens holding a dual citizenship of their German citizenship in case they fight abroad for a terrorist organisation," de Maiziere concluded.

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