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Bodyguard opening door of armoured jeep for Ashton in Benghazi, Libya (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

EU men with guns: A comedy of errors

Catherine Ashton's EU foreign service recently gave its biggest security contract to a company with a frightening track record. Then they took it away again, posing questions on the professionalism of her staff.

Ashton's spokesman said on Tuesday (16 April) that Page Protective Services (PPS) will not be guarding EU diplomats in Kabul over the next four years.

He said it lost the contract "because the winning bidder [PPS] has not demonstrated compliance with the necessary conditio...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Bodyguard opening door of armoured jeep for Ashton in Benghazi, Libya (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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