Austrian Foreign Minister and member of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) Sebastian Kurz has accused Socialist Party (SPÖ) coalition partner of blocking integration legislation that would ban the full-face Islamic veil.

Mr. Kurz alleged on Wednesday that the SPÖ have been blocking the bill since the summer, reports Kronen Zeitung.

The proposed integration bill has a number of provisions including banning Islamic veils like the niqab and the burqa. The full face covering is an issue of contention in Austria and in neighbouring Germany where parties like the anti-mass migration Alternative for Germany (AfD) seek to ban it.

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