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New EU presidency to avoid burqa issue

New EU presidency to avoid burqa issue

Sweden doesn't want to get involved in the discussion about banning burqas and other Islamic garments as it assumes the presidency of the European Union.
Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask says "we have enough to do" at the EU helm in the second half of 2009.
She says regulating such issues is a job for EU governments. She told reporters Tuesday that "We need no (EU) rules on what people wear."
The influx of Muslim immigrants has stirred debate in European countries about the wearing of headscarves and full-body robes in public places.
France has created a commission to study the wearing of body-cloaking Muslim robes. President Nicolas Sarkozy two weeks ago told lawmakers that the burqa would not be welcome in France.