The case of a woman who was not allowed to enter a Sparkasse bank branch because of her face-covering niqab has sparked debate in western Germany.

The woman went to the Sparkasse bank in Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, last Wednesday to make a transfer, but an employee would not let her enter, reported the Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung.

The 20-year-old woman said the bank employee stood in her way, blocking her from entering and asked her to leave.

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