- September 22, 2011
The new "burqa ban" in France has produced its first trial and convictions: Two women who staged a protest in May will have to pay fines. One defendant on Thursday promised to bring her case before the European Court of Human Rights. more...
- February 03, 2011
Germany has generally steered clear of the issue of what Muslim women can wear in public. But that might now change. The announcement by a city employee in Frankfurt that she will begin wearing more than her usual headscarf to work has sparked widespread criticism, including barbs from inside the Muslim community. more... [ Comment ]
- July 19, 2010
The French are close to passing an outright ban of the burqa. Spain and Italy may soon follow suit. But is legislating prohibitions on the wearing of the veil the right way for Europe to deal with the cultural conflict? more...
- July 14, 2010
The French parliament moved on Tuesday to ban full face veils, such as burqas, across the country. A similiar law was passed earlier this year in Belgium and others could soon be considered in other European countries. Human rights groups warn it could be a huge setback for women's rights. more...
- June 24, 2010
On Wednesday, Spain became the latest European country to advance legislation to ban burqas and other such face veils. Many of those in favor of such laws cite women's rights, but does criminalizing their clothing help? more...
- June 14, 2010
Is it right for governments to place bans on burqas or the construction of minarets? In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, Thorbjørn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, pleads for a more pragmantic societal approach. He also defends the decision of the Nobel Committee, which he also chairs, to bestow Barack Obama with the Peace Prize. more...
- April 30, 2010
Belgium's lower house of parliament has approved a radical ban on Islamic face-covering veils. If approved by the Senate, the country would become the first in Europe to prohibit the burqa and niqab. Currently, it seems to be one of the few issues uniting the linguistically divided country. more...
- April 23, 2010
What happens when a Muslim cleric embraces the values of the West? In France, President Sarkozy is using the teachings of one imam for his own purposes. Hassen Chalghoumi, who has backed calls for a burqa ban, now faces threats from his own community. more... [ Comment ]
- April 02, 2010
Belgium looks set to ban women from wearing the burqa or niqab in public later this month. Although opposition to the Islamic veil is understandable in democratic Western societies, banning it won't solve fundamental problems of integration. more...
- February 01, 2010
For months the French have been embroiled in a public debate centered on their national identity and a possible ban on the burqa. Immigration Minister Éric Besson, a former Socialist, is the man behind the aggressive debate, making him one of France's most controversial politicians. more... [ Comment ]