German government plans to ban headscarves in schools

The German government is considering imposing a headscarf ban on girls in primary schools, with a population of about 5 million in Germany.

The German government has announced it is considering banning schoolgirls from wearing Islamic headscarves, Sky News reported.

"It is absurd for young girls to wear the headscarf, and most Muslims support this view," Foreign Affairs Commissioner Annette Widman-Moose told Bild newspaper in its Friday edition.

The number of members of the Muslim community in Germany is estimated at 5 million people, about 6% of the total population, mostly Turks or Turkish origin.

On Wednesday, the Austrian parliament passed a bill introduced by the far right-wing coalition that prohibits headscarves in primary schools.

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