About: Hezbollah

Global Europe 16-05-2022

Lebanon vote brings blow for Hezbollah allies in preliminary results

Iran-backed Hezbollah has been dealt a blow in Lebanon's parliamentary election on Sunday (15 May) with preliminary results showing losses for some of its oldest allies and the Saudi-aligned Lebanese Forces party saying it had gained seats.
Global Europe 14-10-2021

Deadly shooting rocks Beirut as tensions over blast probe erupt

At least two people were killed in Beirut on Thursday when heavy gunfire targeted supporters of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah, as they headed to a protest demanding the removal of the judge investigating last year's explosion at the city's port.

Germany bans Hezbollah-linked groups, conducts raids

Germany has banned three associations that are accused of donating to Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday (18 May).
Global Europe 18-11-2020

Israel strikes widely in Syria, sending signal of aggressive post-Trump posture

Israel launched air raids against what it called a wide range of Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, sending a signal that it will pursue its policy of striking across the border despite US President Donald Trump’s election defeat.

Hezbollah links seen in 2012 Israeli bus attack in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian court on Monday (21 September) sentenced two Lebanese men in their absence to life in prison over a deadly 2012 bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at the country's Burgas airport.
Global Europe 19-08-2020

Hezbollah member guilty of Lebanon ex-PM’s 2005 murder

A UN-backed tribunal on Tuesday (18 August) found a member of the Hezbollah Shiite movement guilty over the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri but cleared three other suspects after a years-long trial.
Global Europe 25-06-2020

With Hezbollah unchecked, the EU falls short of its own security aspirations

The German EU presidency offers a chance to address the EU's inaction on Hezbollah, writes Alina Bricman.
Global Europe 02-05-2020

Iran condemns Germany’s ban on Hezbollah activity

Iran has condemned Berlin's ban of Hezbollah activity in Germany and its designation of the Iranian-backed Lebanese group as a terrorist organisation, saying the move serves US and Israeli interests, Iranian state media reported on Friday (1 May).

EU counter-terrorism chief: Europe ‘may see something like Daesh 2.0’

The level of terrorist threat remains "pretty serious" in several EU countries, Gilles de Kerchove, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, told EURACTIV.com in an interview hours before the latest attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday night (12 December).
Global Europe 12-06-2018

Europe should not forget Iran’s imperialist agenda despite the crumbling of JCPoA

Despite its rich history, traditions and achievements, Iran still considers itself an underdog, a revolutionary, and an active force that wants to reshape its neighbourhood. It feels the deck is stacked against it as it positions itself as the perennial challenger to unfair forces keeping it down, writes Kacper Rekawek.
Global Europe 23-02-2016

US and Russia announce Syria truce

The United States and Russia announced plans for a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria that would take effect on Saturday (27 February) but exclude groups such as Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front, a loophole Syrian rebels immediately highlighted as a problem.
Security 19-01-2016

It’s time for Iran to become a constructive partner in Middle East

The fact that Iran managed to come to an agreement not just with the United States, but also with Russia, the EU and China shows that it is able to build confidence with a diverse array of players, writes Dr Willem Oosterveldt.
Enlargement 14-12-2015

Linkevicius: Dealing with Russia is like playing football against a rugby team

Calls for returning to “normal dialogue” and re-establishing “pragmatic” relations with Russia only show that some in the EU have not learned the lessons of the recent past, writes Linas Linkevi?ius.

Aleppo offensive may trigger new refugee wave, Turkey warns

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu warned European leaders that the offensive south of the Syrian city of Aleppo, as well as attacks in the area by Islamic State militants, could "cause another wave of refugees".
Med & South 08-10-2015

Russian warships fire cruise missiles at Syrian targets from Caspian Sea

Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted their first coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents yesterday (7 October), while Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at Syria from the Caspian Sea.
Med & South 29-09-2015

Putin, Obama differ on Bashar al-Assad’s future

Russia and the United States agreed on Monday (28 September) to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war, but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power.

EU adds Hezbollah’s military wing to its terrorist list

The EU's 28 foreign ministers unanimously agreed today (22 July) to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organisations, but made it clear that it would maintain contact with all political parties in Lebanon, including the Hezbollah party, which is part of the country’s government.
Global Europe 22-07-2013

EU weighs sanctions against military wing of Hezbollah

European Union governments could decide to blacklist the military wing of Hezbollah on Monday (22 July), in a major policy reversal fuelled by concerns over the Lebanese militant movement's activities in Europe.

EU moves to put Hezbollah on its terror list

The European Union could blacklist Hezbollah's military wing while stressing it is open to talking to the militant Lebanese movement's political faction, under a proposal by the EU's foreign policy chief, EU diplomats said yesterday (17 July).
Global Europe 03-07-2013

ECHO official: EU, US are not so different on the world stage

There is no “difference on philosophy” between the European Union and United States, says Claus Sørensen, director-general of DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO). He says that the Prism intelligence-gathering operation is probably similar to what some of the bigger European member states are doing, though on a smaller and less obtrusive scale.

UK wants Hezbollah on EU terrorist list

Britain asked the European Union on Tuesday (21 May) to put Hezbollah’s military arm on its list of terrorist organisations, urging Europe to respond robustly to evidence of the Islamist group’s involvement in a July 2012 bomb attack in Bulgaria.
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Global Europe 12-03-2013

Israel’s Peres urges EU to blacklist Hezbollah, calls Iran ‘the greatest danger’

In a historic address to the European Parliament on Tuesday, Israeli president Shimon Peres urged Europe to place the Lebanese group Hezbollah on the EU's terrorist blacklist.

Bulgaria urges harder EU stance on Hezbollah

Bulgaria urged European governments on Monday (18 February) to take a harder stance towards Hezbollah after blaming the Lebanese Islamist movement for a bus bombing that killed five Israelis at a Bulgarian Black Sea resort last year.

Bulgaria puts Hezbollah on EU Foreign Minister’s menu

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov has put the conclusions of an investigation into a deadly bombing at Bulgaria's main airport last summer on the agenda of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday (18 February). The probe points at the military wing of Hezbollah in Lebanon, an organisation which does not appear on the EU's list of terrorist organisations.