Dutch MP Jeanine Hennis - from the right-wing liberal party VVD, the largest party in the current government - is calling for a ban on the wearing of Muslim headscarves by public servants who work at town halls. The politician says all religions are equal in her eyes and that the ban should cover all religious symbols.

Ms Hennis made her comments during an interview with free newspaper De Pers. "When do you wear the headscarf? I'd like to instigate a debate on the matter - an open discussion on the separation between church and state," she said.

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