Copenhagen attacks challenge soft Nordic approach to radicals

(Reuters) – Known for a soft approach to security that emphasises helping radical Muslim youths with housing and jobs, Denmark may face pressure after the Copenhagen attacks to prioritise tougher laws and more resources for the police.

The weekend’s deadly shootings at a cafe and synagogue came at a time when the Nordic countries, worried about an increasing number of immigrant youths travelling to fight in Iraq or Syria, have already been considering tougher laws.

Countries like Sweden and Denmark have given up traditional Scandinavian neutrality to participate in military missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Meanwhile, right-wing political groups that challenge the traditional Nordic approach to security are gaining influence.

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