A Scandal at Frontex Raises Red Flags for the EU

Fabrice Leggeri, the then-head of Frontex, arrives at a press conference at Frontex offices in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2016 (AP photo by Darko Vojinovic).
Fabrice Leggeri, the then-head of Frontex, arrives at a press conference at Frontex offices in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2016 (AP photo by Darko Vojinovic).
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If there were a contest for leaving office in the most undignified way possible, Fabrice Leggeri would surely be an odds-on favorite to win. After a long battle to hold onto his position as director of Frontex, the European Union’s border and coast guard agency, Leggeri was forced to resign on April 29 under murky circumstances. Faced with accusations that he had covered up attempts by Greek coast guard units assisted by Frontex to “push back” rather than rescue refugees at sea, Leggeri had spent months engaged in desperate career maneuvers that had more than a passing resemblance to episodes […]

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