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"You can't walk down the street naked either. That is the result of our norms about decent behaviour. The Netherlands also has norms which make it advisable to ban clothing which covers your face."

Interior Minister Piet-Hein Donner was speaking during a debate about his integration bill, which would introduce a ban on burqas. Not for security reasons but because "in our society you have to be able to see each other".

One of the main themes of the bill is a shift from the current 'target group' approach to holding individuals responsible for their own integration. Although parliament generally supported this, the minister himself was subject to a great deal of criticism from the opposition.


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