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Norway told to spend more on extremism research

Norway has not increased funding for terrorism research since the July 2011 shootings in Oslo and Ytøya, according to the head of the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment.

The Norwegian government prepared an action plan to increase research into right-wing extremism after Anders Breivik bombed government buildings and killed 70 people on the island of Ytøya on 22 July 2011. However, Thomas Hegghammer, the NDRE’s director, said that these plans have not been implemented. He expressed his views in an opinion piece in the Norwegian national daily Aftenposten, published on 12 November.

“No money was set aside for doing research on right-wing extremism after 22 July,” Hegghammer said, even though more money has become available to research on emergency preparedness and vulnerability.

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