Bulgaria bans full-face Islamic veil
Bulgaria banned face-covering Islamic veils in public, joining a small number of EU countries as debate rages across Europe about religious freedoms. Parliament approved the law that “bans wearing in public clothing that partially or completely covers the face”, referring to the burqa or the more common niqab. Infringements carry fines of 200 leva (US$114), rising to 1500 leva for repeated offences. Bulgaria’s mostly centuries-old Muslim community makes up around 13 percent of the population, mostly in the Turkish minority.