Senior allies of Angela Merkel are pressing the German government to ban the burqa because of increased fears over security.

Ministers from some of Germany’s 16 states have demanded the move be included alongside new measures the government is set to announce today which are designed to increase public safety.

Germany, like Britain, has no burqa ban, but other European states including France and Belgium do restrict women from obscuring their faces in public places.

Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister, was intending to outline the original raft of extra security measures today. These include deporting preachers who incite terror.

However, senior figures from Merkel’s own Christian Democrat Party are unhappy with the current proposals and want a tougher approach.

As well as banning the burqa they want to end dual citizenship for refugees, increase police numbers, and step up CCTV surveillance.

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