German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle told a news conference in Brussels that the decision is meant to send a clear signal that the EU will not tolerate terrorism on its soil.
"I welcome that together we made a crystal clear decision today in the fight against terrorism," he said. "We will put Hizballah's military arm on the list of terrorist groups. Terrorist activities inside of the European Union are unacceptable and will be met with [a] resolute, decisive, and, above all, joint response by Europe."
It's about time, although there are some who believe that sanctions will have little to no impact on the organization.
The EU joins the UK in designating the military wing as a terrorist group. Australia has listed the External Security Organization as a terrorist organization. And the following have designated the entire organization: Bahrain, Canada, France, Gulf Cooperation Council, Israel, Netherlands.