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EU Parliament refuses to sign off Frontex budget

The European Parliament refused to green light the budget of the EU's border police, Frontex and has delayed granting discharge until the autumn. The plenary vote on Wednesday sends a political signal to the EU agency that MEPs are not happy with how it operates. They said a report by the EU's anti-fraud office Olaf into Frontex must first be made available. The agency's chief, Fabrice Leggeri, resigned last week.

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The military-industrial complex cashing-in on the Ukraine war

From the outset, arms manufacturers eyed this war as a profitable business opportunity. Structural changes took place across the EU, not only to fast-track arms to Ukraine, but also to make more public finance available to the highly-lucrative arms industry.

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Borrell gets pension from MEP fund set for taxpayer bailout

Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, is currently drawing a pension from a European Parliament fund that is some €400m in debt and may require a taxpayer bailout at a time of rising inflation and high energy costs.

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Autocrats make us all less secure

How should democratic states co-operate with authoritarian governments in the future? My organisation, Democracy Reporting International, has studied the security strategies of 13 democratic governments to understand how they see this relationship.

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