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EU blacklists Hezbollah's armed wing

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European Union governments have agreed to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on the EU terrorism blacklist in a reversal of past policy fuelled by concerns over the Lebanese militant movement's activities in Europe.

Britain and the Netherlands have been pressing their EU peers since May to put the Shia Muslim group's military wing on its terrorism list, citing evidence it was behind a bus bombing in Bulgaria last year that killed five Israelis and their driver.

The EU had resisted pressure from Washington and Israel to blacklist Hezbollah, arguing that the move could lead to instability in Lebanon, where the group is part of the government, and add to tensions in the Middle East.

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