Moderates call for better counter-terrorism laws

Following the terrorism attacks in Paris on Friday, Sweden's opposition conservative Moderate Party wants to speed up the passing of tougher laws to combat terrorism as well as add new proposals to the legislative agenda.

The opposition party wants to see a draft law on criminalizing trips taken to fight or train with known terrorist groups, pushed through parliament quicker. The party's leader Anna Kinberg-Batra also said security forces need more resources at their disposal to investigate and prevent attacks from happening.

"The Swedish Security Service must be given better tools to prevent and combat terrorist attacks. For example, giving them access to signals intelligence in investigations as well as secret online surveillance," she said in a news release.

Kinberg-Batra said the Moderate Party is well aware such measures will create a larger debate on privacy but believes but that transparency and anti-terrorism laws could work hand-in-hand.

"We must defend our openness, but not be naive about the brutal terrorism that poses a threat to both people and communities," she said in the release, adding that the Moderates were prepared to work together with the government on the proposals.

Jacob Westberg, a lecturer in strategy and security politics at the Swedish Defence University, told Radio Sweden it's not surprising the Moderates are pushing for more counter-terrorism laws. He added, however, that laws are just one tool countries can use.

"We must also work nationally to avoid segregation, to further integrate people who that now feel so alienated and outside of society that they are now prepared to enlist themselves with terrorist movements and commit attacks against their own society," he said.