It’s way past banning burkas, there has to be a complete stop on muslim immigration, period, coupled with a renewed confidence in classical liberal principles, and imposing them.
Muslim burka-clad women in Munich
Jens Spahn, Germany’s deputy finance minister and a senior member of Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, declared himself a “burkaphobe” and said that a ban on the burka is “overdue.”
The comments, made during an interview with newspaper Die Welt yesterday, came as thousands of Germans took to the streets of Berlin in angry protests against the German Chancellor’s controversial immigration policy.
More than a million refugees have arrived in Germany over the past year, many from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.
Tensions are running high in over the impact of mass immigration after five attacks over the past fortnight in which 15 have died and dozens injured.
At least two of the attacks were inspired by extremist Islam, according to the German authorities.
Jens Spahn, Germany’s deputy finance minister
Mr Spahn said: “We all have underestimated a year ago what was about to hit us, with this great migration movement.”
He described the process of integration of immigrants as a “Herculean task” and argued that Germany should expect a “willingness to adapt” by people wanting to live there.
Mr Spahn commented: “Anyone who thinks that men are worth more than women, who refuses to learn German or to send his daughter to school swimming lessons should seek shelter in a different country, one that better suits him.”