A burka ban to prevent Muslim women from wearing the religious garment has been shot down
The draft proposals had hoped to make it illegal for public officials to wear clothing which "makes open communication impossible or more difficult".
But it was decided that there was a "constitutional risk" over the proposal and it failed to move further, according to a report by the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel.
Experts from the Ministry of Justice wanted the partial burka ban to make it illegal for women to wear a veil privately or to dress up in their free time.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had ben among those to call for a burqa ban in Germany in December 2016 while making an important speech for a fourth term as Chancellor.
But it was ruled that the ban was "an intrusion into the basic right to freedom of religion" for "women who wear a burka or a niqab for perceived compulsorily religious reasons."
Heiko Maas, the Minister of Justice for the Federal Ministry of Justice, was instrumental in backing the plan to ban the veil for female public officials, female soldiers and female judges.
However he was unsuccessful.
The ban was shot down as it was "an intrusion into the basic right to freedom of religion"
Several other European countries have opted to ban the veil in a bid to boost security.
France was the first country in Europe to ban Islamic face veils, such as the burka and the niqab, in public places.
The controversial ban took effect in April 2011 and made it illegal for Muslim women to leave their homes with their faces covered.
Belgium was the second European country after France to introduce a ban on full face veils, which outlawed the burka and niqab in public areas.
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France was the first country in Europe to ban Islamic face veils
Bulgaria’s parliament banned it in September 2016 in a bid to boost security in the wake of Islamist militant attacks in Europe.
In September, an Islamic scholar claimed there is no religious reason to wear a niqab.
He said: ”The niqab is a tradition that has become a law of habit and which stems from the custom of several countries, but it is not written in the principles of Islamic law, in the Sharia.
"A ban that takes into account a concrete danger to the running of the company would not be fraught with risk constitutionally."
The German interior ministry regards the mooted ban as justified.
The draft for the potential burka ban, which was discussed by the Federal Council, failed at the first hurdle, according to an internal letter sent to the German interior ministry.
The mooted ban states that civil servants must generally not be allowed to "cover their face in the course of the service or while doing tasks that are directly related to the job," except where necessary for reasons of employment or health.
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