Germany's interior minister has rejected calls for a ban on a full Islamic face veil in public, days after Belgium's parliament voted in favour of one in a sign the spreading Islamaphobic policies accross Europe, a German newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the Leipziger Volkszeitung daily that talk of a ban in Germany was "inappropriate and therefore unnecessary", according to an excerpt from a video interview due to be published on Wednesday.
De Maiziere is a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), who rule in coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).
A senior lawmaker of the FDP in the European parliament voiced support for a ban at the weekend.
Germany is home to more than four million Muslims, and will hold an "Islam Conference" on May 17 with the aim of fostering understanding of the religion in the country.
ReutersLast Mod: 04 Mayıs 2010, 22:34