A ban on full-face veils is "possible and necessary" in Germany, the general secretary of the Christian Social Union, Angela Merkel's conservative allies in government, said Monday.

Speaking to Passauer Neue Presse, Andreas Scheuer called on Germany to follow the example set by Austria, which implemented a so-called burqa ban on October 1.

Germany's current partial ban on facial veils "needs to be expanded," the CSU official told the paper, adding that the same was true for other European countries.

"We won't give up our identity, we are ready to fight for it," Scheuer said. "The burqa does not belong in Germany."

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