Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (Christian Democratic Union of Germany - CDU) is a Christian democratic and conservative political party in Germany.
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Call for a partial ban on the burqa and niqab
In December 2016, Angela Merkel endorsed for the first time her party’s call for a partial ban on the burqa and the niqab in Germany, telling delegates at their conference in Essen 'the full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible'. Gabriele Boos-Niazy, the co-chair of Germany’s Association for Muslim Women, responded to the news by saying that that in most of the areas in which banning the full-face veil was possible, it had already been done. Moreover, 'of the few women who wear the niqab in Germany, many avoid public transport for fear of discrimination and use cars instead. The assumption that a ban on the full facial veil in road traffic would help to liberate women is therefore highly questionable.' She estimated there were 'not more than a hundred' women in Germany who wore the full-face veil, and that those who were most visible, in places such as Munich or Bad Godesberg, were usually tourists. 
- Philip Oltermann, Angela Merkel endorses party's call for partial ban on burqa and niqab, The Guardian, 6 December 2016. Accessed 19 December 2016.