Angela Merkel’s today completed an astonishing U-turn as she formally endorsed a full burka ban following a backlash over her open-door migration policies. The German chancellor made the comments at a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) conference having recently declared she will seek re-election. She told the annual congress that it was legitimate to

expect integration from newcomers, underlining her party’s bid to ban the full face veil. “The full veil must be banned wherever it is legally possible,” she said to a large round of applause. Merkel also stressed her determination to ensure that there’s no repeat of last year’s huge migrant influx as she seeks a new two-year term in charge of her conservative party. READ MORE