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European nations harmonize laws barring citizens from becoming foreign fighters for extremists

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, participate in a formal session of the Council of Europe at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Council of Europe meets Tuesday with ministers of state to discuss terrorism. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, participate in a formal session of the Council of Europe at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Council of Europe meets Tuesday with ministers of state to discuss terrorism. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center, looks on as Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, and Russia's Vice-Minister of Finance Sergei Shatalov prepare to sign a taxation agreement on the sidelines of the Council of Europe at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Council of Europe meets Tuesday with ministers of state to discuss terrorism. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center, looks on as Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, and Russia's Vice-Minister of Finance Sergei Shatalov prepare to sign a taxation agreement on the sidelines of the Council of Europe at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Council of Europe meets Tuesday with ministers of state to discuss terrorism. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland, left, and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, second left, meet with Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, second right, during a meeting of the Council of Europe in Brussels Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Council of Europe meets Tuesday with ministers of state to discuss terrorism. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland, left, and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, second left, meet with Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, second right, during a meeting of the Council of Europe in Brussels Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The Council of Europe meets Tuesday with ministers of state to discuss terrorism. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

European governments have agreed to synchronize their laws to bar citizens from going abroad to fight for the Islamic State group and other extremists.

A document signed Tuesday by foreign ministers from the 47-nation Council of Europe requires countries to outlaw specific actions, including intentionally taking part in terrorist groups, receiving terrorist training or traveling abroad for the purpose of engaging in terrorism.

Analysts say European laws vary, with some countries like France charging people with crimes if they plan to leave to join a violent extremist group, and others, such as in Scandinavia, lacking a legal way to prevent their citizens from becoming foreign fighters.