Bavaria pushes ahead with burqa ban as elections loom

Bavaria will ban the full-face veil in schools, universities, government workplaces and polling stations, the southern German state said on Tuesday.

“A communicative exchange takes place not only through speech, but also through looks, expressions and gestures,” Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann told the press as reported by Deutsche Welle. “It forms the foundation of our interpersonal relationships and is the basis of our society and free and democratic order.”