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

Accusations of workplace harassment, mismanagement and financial irregularities have led to chaos at Europe's border agency. The allegations weigh heavily on Frontex head Fabrice Leggeri.
Frontex Director Fabrice Leggeri: "You may be able to run a French ministry that way, but not an international organization.”

Frontex Director Fabrice Leggeri: "You may be able to run a French ministry that way, but not an international organization.”

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Piotr Malecki / Panos Pictures / VISUM

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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