In the last few weeks, many Germans have come to know a young Muslim blogger in Berlin named Betul Ulusoy. Having obtained a law degree, Ms. Ulusoy applied for several jobs in Berlin's city administration as a trainee, and was hired for a post in the city district of Neukölln.
But when she came to sign the contract in a head scarf, she says, she was informed that the administration would have to reconsider the decision because of the city's "neutrality law." Like several other German states, Berlin requires its employees in certain positions by law to refrain from wearing religious symbols or dressing in a way that makes them recognizable as members of a certain denomination.
Uncowed, she took her story public and set off a fierce debate about the place of the head scarf in German society.