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Talks on opening Swedish Stasi-archives

Published onsdag 9 november 2011 kl 18.25

Sweden may be closer to opening the so called "Stasi-archives", Swedish Television News reports. The Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask will invite all parties in parliament to talks on what to do with the archives on Swedes who worked as agents and contacts for the former East German intelligence service Stasi.

Recently it has become clear that several parties are in favour of opening the archives, which are kept at the Swedish Intelligence service Säpo. Ask told Swedish television news that it was "reasonable" for the parties to sit down for talks "to see if we can reach an agreement on this".

Her initiative was welcomed by the Social Democrats. "I think it is very good. It shows that she partly has changed her mind, and I think she should take the issue seriously," says Sven-Erik Österberg from the Social Democrats.

The other opposition parties are also in favour of more openness regarding the Stasi-archives, and on Tuesday, the Center party, in the government coalition, also came out in favour of opening the archives.

The issue has received renewed attention after a book about Stasis contacts in Sweden was published in September. The author, researcher Birgitta Almgren, was given access to the archives under certain conditions in 2010. The book tells the story of the 57 Swedes who in one way or the other have worked for Stasi.

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