France's Burqa Ban: Two Women Fined for Covering Faces

France's Burqa Ban: Two Women Fined for Covering Faces

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Veiled Debate Arrives in Germany: State Prohibits Burqas at Work for Public Employees

Veiled Debate Arrives in Germany: State Prohibits Burqas at Work for Public Employees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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.   By Anna Reimann in Berlin more... Comment ]


Religious Provocation or a Woman's Right? Europe's Fear of the Burqa

Religious Provocation or a Woman's Right? Europe's Fear of the Burqa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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? By Juliane von Mittelstaedt and Stefan Simons more...

The War on Burqas: French Ban only Latest in European Debate

The War on Burqas: French Ban only Latest in European Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...


The Burqa Debate: Are Women's Rights Really the Issue?

The Burqa Debate: Are Women's Rights Really the Issue?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Council of Europe Secretary General on Burqa Bans: 'Europe Has Suffered Under Fundamentalism'

Council of Europe Secretary General on Burqa Bans: 'Europe Has Suffered Under Fundamentalism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...


Belgium's Burqa Ban: Divided Country Finds Consensus on Islamic Veils

Belgium's Burqa Ban: Divided Country Finds Consensus on Islamic Veils

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

France's Model Muslim: 'Imam for Peace' Sows Discontent

France's Model Muslim: 'Imam for Peace' Sows Discontent

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]


Opinion: It Makes No Sense to Ban the Burqa

Opinion: It Makes No Sense to Ban the Burqa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By Yassin Musharbash more...

France's Controversial Immigration Minister: The Man Who Launched the Burqa Debate

France's Controversial Immigration Minister: The Man Who Launched the Burqa Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By Stefan Simons more... Comment ]