German chancellor endorses ban on veils

German chancellor endorses ban on veils

Harrington spoke with former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and host Charles Payne about immigration and Merkel's proposed nationwide ban on full-face Islamic veils, which she called for while delivering a speech Tuesday to her center-right Christian Democratic Union party.

The displeasure has been manifested in setbacks for her party in five consecutive state elections this year, as the upstart populist AfD recorded a surge of support on the back of their campaign railing against migrants.

In her speech to the almost 1,000 delegates at the annual convention of the party, Merkel had committed her party to a tough federal election campaign in the coming year.

Merkel's government has since moved to toughen asylum rules and declare several countries "safe" meaning people from there can't expect to get refuge in Germany. "That was and is our - and my - declared political aim".

As well as dischord over her policy on refugees, members of the CDU have also been unhappy about a perceived shift to the left during her 11 years as Chancellor. Merkel told the conference that the priority had to be to ensure the stability of the European Union in the face of global uncertainties.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to attend a press conference in Berlin, capital of Germany, on July 23, 2016.

Polls show a solid lead for the conservatives, though their support is well short of the 41.5 percent they won in Germany's 2013 election.

In addition to the veil ban, Merkel also called for stemming the influx of immigrants, a more hardline note from her previous stance as an asylum provider.

Following burkini bans over the summer on beaches in the French Riviera and a series of terror attacks across Western Europe, Germany's CDU party and affiliate party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) parties debated banning the burqa in August. To do so, the trained scientist rigged the experiment: adding just the right mix of ingredients to achieve her desired result.

A full ban would not be compatible with the German constitution, but her proposal was met with applause by party delegates facing a tough fight in next September's general election.

"You must help me", she told the CDU members. "This is why we demand you show your face", he said at the time.

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