Germany's Merkel Reelected As Conservative Party Head

Mrs Merkel defended her open door immigration policy

If Germany enacts Merkel's ban, it would join the three other European countries - France, Belgium and the Netherlands - which aleady have their own specific bans on face-covering veils.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel endorsed the full burqa ban in Germany, and said that the full-faced veils should be absolutely prohibited "wherever it is legally possible". Last month, Dutch lawmakers voted to ban the veil in public places.

The legislation will have to be approved by the senate before it becomes a law.

Angela said this while laying out her case for a fourth term as German chancellor on Tuesday.

Merkel has held firm in allowing more than one million refugees enter Germany in 2015 and beyond - making her country the most open nation in Europe for asylum seekers. Merkel said she would support a nationwide ban as she addressed the annual CDU convention.

A situation like the late summer 2015, the high point of the refugee crisis, "can, may and should not repeat itself", Merkel added.

Her score was down from 96.7 percent two years ago but above her lowest winning score of 88.4 percent in 2004, and daily newspaper Bild dubbed the winning margin "Merkel's little victory". "This was and remains our declared political goal".

She has repeatedly refused to reverse the policy amid a string of regional election defeats for her CDU party, but struck a new tone on Tuesday.

In reply to her critics that she was too soft on immigration and integration, Merkel called for a ban on burqas and received a standing ovation.

Aside from unhappiness about her migrant policy, some members are grumbling about what is perceived as a wider drift to the left during her 11 years as chancellor.

Polls show a solid lead for the conservatives, although their support is still short of the 41.5 percent they won in Germany's 2013 election. "On the contrary", she told around 1,000 CDU members. "Our law takes precedence before tribal rules, codes of honour and Sharia".

"Forced marriage and honor killings must be prevented and prosecuted rigorously", read the resolution debated by CDU delegates at a party conference in Essen, western Germany.

The statement was apparently met with "rapturous applause" by her delegates, where a growing anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic stance is gaining traction in Germany, especially among the far-right, The Independent reports.



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