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Scandinavian counterterrorism ties are set to deepen

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Significance

Attacks in Sweden and Denmark since 2016 have highlighted the challenges facing counterterrorism and counter-radicalisation in the Nordic countries. While the terror threat remains moderate in comparison to other countries in Europe, the issue of terrorism and the government’s responses to it have risen to the top of political agendas in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Impacts

  • Existing legal barriers to deepened law enforcement cooperation will likely fall in the coming years owing to increased political pressure.
  • The Nordic nations will look to deepen cooperation with the United States, as it is a field where they could find common ground with Trump.
  • They will also push for a broader EU role in counterterrorism, especially in terms of information-sharing and effective border control.
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