In January this year, the authorities in Bulgaria formally accused Hezbollah of instigating the terror-attack in the town of Burgas in July 2012, killing five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus-driver. Soon after this, in March, a court in Cyprus convicted a Hezbollah-operative on several counts of terrorism. That Hezbollah is, again, conducting terror operations in Europe shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Even less of a surprise should be the extent of criminal activity that Hezbollah is involved in in Europe. This runs the gamut from weapons-smuggling to drug-running (using West-African countries as their main conduit).
A designation of Hezbollah would help ease the pressure on Assad’s opponents in Syria and make a political resolution of the conflict there more likely, even considering the huge difficulties of such a process.Dr. Magnus Norell
Yet the EU stubbornly refuses to recognize Hezbollah for what it is: a terrorist entity. With the notable exceptions of The Netherlands, which has proscribed Hezbollah and the UK, where the so-called ‘armed wing’ is designated, Europe is not seriously seeking to tackle Hezbollah, even on its home-turf, despite compelling evidence of Hezbollah’s involvement in the Burgas terror attack and other forms of criminal activity in Europe.