On the Eastern border of the European Union, a new stage of cross-border co-operation with Russia has begun. Yet, new joint initiatives are unraveling in a tense atmosphere.

Failed EU funded cross-border cooperation projects pictured on the United Russia poster in Sovetsk, Kaliningrad, Russia.
Failed EU funded cross-border cooperation projects pictured on the United Russia poster in Sovetsk, Kaliningrad, Russia.

On January 23rd this year a particularly cold morning breaks on the border between the European Union and the Russian oblast of Kaliningrad. At 8 am, Lithuanian anti-corruption officers wrapped in thick coats are conducting a search at the Jurbarkas District Municipality building. Their heavy steps wake up the provincial bureaucracy. …


“The Sounds of War in the Heart of Europe”, a multimedia long-form by freelance journalist Prune Antoine, Gil Skorwid of Fixers.Press, and photographer Jan Zappner published on Mediapart.fr was one of the two stories awarded with the French Prize.

“The Sounds of War in the Heart of Europe”, a multimedia long-form by freelance journalist Prune Antoine, Gil Skorwid of Fixers.Press, and photographer Jan Zappner published on Mediapart.fr was one of the two stories awarded with the French Prize.

Mathieu Gallet, President and CEO of Radio France, Camille Chaffanjon, Chair of the Philippe Chaffanjon Endowment, and Florence Aubenas, President of the…


Who’s afraid of Kaliningrad? Between 1945 and 1990, this Russian oblast on the Baltic sea, ultra-militarised, patriotic and completely closed to foreigners, housed the biggest Soviet military contingent, thousands of troops, stockpiles of conventional and nuclear weapons and the federal school of the KGB. With the EU enlargement in 2004, this unknown and mysterious “black hole” found itself geographically in the heart of Europe, on the borders of Lithuania and Poland, and closer to Berlin than to Moscow. The Russian enclave has de facto turned into a geopolitical lever of choice for the Kremlin and a tangible threat for NATO.


Vor dem Nato-Gipfel in Warschau am 8. und 9. Juli reisten Prune Antoine, Jan Zappner und Gil Skorwid entlang der neu aufgerüsteten „Kampfzonen“ in Osteuropa. Sie sprachen mit Soldaten, jungen Rekruten und Paramilitärs. … weiterlesen

K Files

Remilitarization and everyday life in & around Kaliningrad.

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