Germans to lose leadership of Afghan police mission

Germany appears set to lose the leadership of the EU police mission (EUPOL) in Afghanistan once the current head of the mission, Brigadier-General Jürgen Scholz, steps down.

Germans to lose leadership of Afghan police mission
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The Interior Ministry confirmed reports in Der Spiegel that Scholz would give up his post at the end of September, after only a year on the job.

The magazine quoted a ministry spokesperson as saying that Scholz was going of his own accord, and had done a “good and successful job.” One-year contracts were nothing unusual in police training missions, the ministry added.

With Scholz gone, Germany will no longer be in control of the mission to train local police officers in Afghanistan. According to the latest information, EU High Commissioner for Foreign Policy Javier Solana has already selected a Swede to fill Scholz’s shoes.