Missteps and Mismanagement at Frontex: Scandals Plunge Europe’s Border Agency into Turmoil

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A member of Frontex patrols with his colleagues near the border between Albania and Greece: a "Potemkin reserve."



A member of Frontex patrols with his colleagues near the border between Albania and Greece: a “Potemkin reserve.”


Foto: FLORION GOGA/ REUTERS

Internal documents suggest that Leggeri’s entire leadership style is under scrutiny.





Refugees in the Aegean Sea: Rescued in the middle of the night



Refugees in the Aegean Sea: Rescued in the middle of the night


Foto: Emin Ozmen / Magnum Photos / Agentur Focus

Leggeri “runs the agency like it’s a sub-prefecture.”

“Plain and simply unlawful”

The European Commission on Leggeri’s job listing





European Commissioner Ylva Johansson



European Commissioner Ylva Johansson


Foto: JOHN THYS / AFP





A Turkish coast guard officer carries a child off a life raft during a rescue operation in the Aegean Sea.



A Turkish coast guard officer carries a child off a life raft during a rescue operation in the Aegean Sea.


Foto: Emrah Gurel / AP

“The Greek Coast Guard without a doubt committed a human rights violation in the case.”

Dana Schmalz, an international law expert with the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg





Frontex border guards in the Aegean Sea



Frontex border guards in the Aegean Sea


Foto: Murat Tueremis





The German coast guard boat Uckermark in port on the Greek isle of Samos



The German coast guard boat Uckermark in port on the Greek isle of Samos


Foto: Christian Charisius/ dpa





Leggeri in Spain: "Fabrice Teflon"



Leggeri in Spain: “Fabrice Teflon”


Foto: A.Carrasco Ragel / EPA-EFE



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