LONDON - Philipp Missfelder, a deputy in the Bundestag and foreign policy
spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, sharply
criticized on Tuesday an EU counter-terrorism official for his remarks about
playing down the need to list Hezbollah as a terrorist entity within Europe's
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The EU's counter-terrorism official in
Brussels, Gilles de Kerchove, told the EU Observer
on Monday that prior to declaring Hezbollah a terrorist agency, the
organization must first reach conclusions with "strong evidence" that it
was the military wing of Hezbollah that bombed Burgas.
"That's the prerequisite, even in legal terms, but then, as always in
the listing process, you need to ask yourself: 'Is this the right thing to do?'" Kerchove said.