Europe

European Leaders Taking Steps Toward Designating Hezbollah

European leaders appear to be taking halting steps toward designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in the aftermath of a Bulgarian announcement that investigators had discovered links between the Iran-backed terror group and the July 2012 bus bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. German officials released a statement late yesterday emphasizing that there would have to be “consequences” if the Bulgarian report proved compelling. Meanwhile, three Dutch members of the European Parliament tabled written questions asking for clarifications regarding Hezbollah’s status, inasmuch as an E.U. country has just announced that the group committed an act of terrorism on E.U. soil. Even E.U. officials who had previously expressed skepticism at blacklisting Hezbollah in the context of the Bulgarian announcement seem to be reconsidering, according to comments made by Washington Institute senior fellow Dr. Matthew Levitt on a conference call this morning held by The Israel Project.