Angela Merkel has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism for allowing over a million migrants into Germany in recent months. Parts of Germany have banned the burka with the latest call for a ban coming from Bavaria. France and Switzerland of course have have already banned it where in the latter country women flouting the law can be liable for a fine of £6500. The Bavarian finance minister is calling for a ban in the rest of Germany too: “It is first and foremost about showing one’s face. It’s about living together as a society and seeing one another. It doesn’t fit to our society to hide oneself, and it contradicts our idea of sexual equality. When I went to Iran I followed the instructions of the country and wore a headscarf. Likewise I expect women from the Arab world that they don’t cover their faces when they come here. Such laws don’t just apply to people with German passports.” The EU is said to be considering an EU-wide ban on the burka which will apply to those holidaying in Europe from overseas too. Merkel is in coalition with the Christian Social Coalition who are calling for the ban and is said to be heavily dependent on their support. At their annual conference she called multiculturalism a "living lie", adding, "A continuation of the current influx would in the long-term overwhelm the state and society, even in a country like Germany". Vowing to cut the numbers of migrants she said, ‘We want to, and we will, noticeably reduce the number of refugees. With an approach focused on the German, European and global level, we will succeed in regulating and limiting migration." The question which has to be asked is, is Merkel's stance a genuine one aimed at restoring Germany's dignity and identity which she claimed during the conference, citing the country's economic rise from the devastation of WW2, or is it simply words designed to be reelected?