Friday

26th Aug 2016

EU men with guns: A comedy of errors

The EU foreign service just did a U-turn on a €50mn tender for bodyguards in Kabul, with leaked documents posing questions how a British firm with a frightening track record won it in the first place.

Italy earthquake is test for Renzi

Italian prime minister is expected to present a quick reconstruction plan and request more budget flexibility from the EU after this week's tragic earthquake.

News in Brief

  1. Greek minister denounces EU letter on former statistics chief
  2. Turks seeking asylum in Greece may cause diplomatic row
  3. Merkel becomes digital resident of Estonia
  4. Report: VW will compensate US dealers with €1bln
  5. EU mulls making Google pay news media for content
  6. Sweden to name new EU ambassador
  7. Deutsche Boerse and LSE request EU merger approval
  8. Scotland appoints Brexit minister
Very private security

EU diplomats work in some of the world's most dangerous places. The men who guard them cost millions each year. But are they any good? Does the EU award the contracts fairly? Two recent fiascos pose the questions. EUobserver investigates.

EUobserver investigative reports

EUobserver's look at private security firms is the latest in its series of investigative reports. Our investigations aim to take a critical look at events behind the scenes in EU institutions or to explore the real meaning of EU decisions.

About Andrew Rettman

Andrew Rettman writes about foreign relations for EUobserver. He joined the site in 2005 and specialises in Israel, Russia, the EU foreign service and security issues. He was born in Warsaw, Poland.

EU bins security contract, annoys Libya

The EU foreign service has cancelled a €10 million contract with British security firm G4S in a minor diplomatic dispute with Libya.

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