Austria to ban Muslim full-face veil

Austria’s coalition government has vowed to ban Muslim face-covering veils and to restrict eastern European workers’ access to the labour market. (Euronews)

The plan — which would ban the burqa, niqab and other face-covering veils — echoes calls that German Chancellor Angela Merkel made last month for a similar ban in Germany. (CNN)

The measures are seen as an attempt to counter the rise of the far-right Freedom Party, whose candidate narrowly lost last month’s presidential vote. The centrist coalition nearly collapsed last week amid crisis negotiations over the government’s future direction. (BBC)