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Several parties want to open the Stasi archive

Several political parties in parliament want the Swedish Intelligence Service, Säpo, to make more information public from the so-called Stasi archive, reports news agency TT.

The debate over transparency around Säpo's archive of the former East German security services' Stasi agents and their contacts who were working in Sweden has been reignited since a new book was published on the subject in September.

In 2010, a judge awarded Birgitta Almgren, researcher and professor at Södetörn University, access to the Stasi archive, with strict restrictions. In the book she published in September, she wrote about 57 people in Sweden who in one way or another were working for Stasi.

Now more want to see the records. The leader of the Center Party, Annie Lööf, says it's important to gradually open the file. The Opposition parties, including the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, and maybe soon the Christian Democrats and Center Party, also want more transparency.

The Parliament's Constitutional Committee will discuss the issue later this year or in the spring when a number of motions demanding increased transparency of the Stasi archive are presented.

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