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Eraldin Fazliu is a Kosovo 2.0 staff writer. Eraldin completed his Master’s on ‘European Politics’ at the Masaryk University in the Czech Republic in 2014. Through his studies Eraldin became interested in the EU’s external policies, particularly in promotion of the rule of law externally. He is a passionate reader of politics and modern history.

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Democracy? Stability? One year on from the international agreements

By Eraldin Fazliu

On the anniversary of two internationally backed agreements with its neighbors, has Kosovo’s democracy or its stability really been strengthened? This week marks the anniversary of two controversial international agreements signed...

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Citizens lead new wave of Prishtina protests

By Eraldin Fazliu

Last night, a crowd of protesters hurled dozens of rolls of toilet paper over the fence shielding the main government building from Mother Teresa Boulevard. Toilet paper soon littered the...

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Hot climate in Kosovo’s Politics

By Eraldin Fazliu

The wave of political events in Kosovo this week have surpassed the sweltering heat of the summer. From a marathon debate on border demarcation with Montenegro on Wednesday to the...

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Kosovars in UK feeling ‘Brexit’ effect

By Eraldin Fazliu

Last week’s ‘Brexit’ referendum result sent shockwaves across the globe. On June 26, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the European...

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EULEX-light — Mission’s powers stripped back

By Eraldin Fazliu

The European Union has reached an agreement with Kosovo’s authorities that keeps its Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) active until at least June 2018. The details of the...

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Ferizaj workers continue steely fight for justice

By Eraldin Fazliu

At 5pm each weekday, employees of the Municipality of Ferizaj file out of the building to head home. However, while the working day has come to an end, the building’s...

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United We Stand

By Eraldin Fazliu

K2.0’s weekly roundup of the top news in Kosovo. Additional reporting by Valmir Mehmetaj. ----- On Monday morning, Prishtina buzzed from reactions following last week’s New York Times article “How Kosovo was turned...

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Challenging party politics

By Eraldin Fazliu

Being a dissenting voice in Kosovo has never been easy. In a population of barely 2 million people, those who stand up against established norms can quickly find themselves labeled...

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Waiting for the buses

By Eraldin Fazliu

Editor's note (29.06.16): This article originally appeared in May 2015. We are re-sharing it ahead of our Small Talk tonight (June 29), "Together or alone — how do we mobilize?"...

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European Commission proposes visa-free travel for Kosovars

By Eraldin Fazliu

Shortly after 13:00 today (Wednesday, May 4), Kosovo received the long-awaited positive recommendation on visa liberalisation from the European Commission. It is hoped that Kosovars with biometric passports will soon...

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Marking Labor Day with Prishtina’s Trash Collectors

By Eraldin Fazliu

To mark Labor Day on May 1, K2.0 spent Wednesday night (April 27) with some of Prishtina’s hardest workers, a waste disposal crew from the regional company, Pastrimi. The night...

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Kosovo-Serbia dialogue: Three years later

By Eraldin Fazliu

This week marks three years since Kosovo and Serbia signed the “First agreement of principles governing the normalization of relations.” Agreed in Brussels in 2013 under mediation from the European...

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Kosovo’s political prisoners

By Eraldin Fazliu

Those jailed during a time when thinking differently was illegal still bear the scars of their detention. “I was able to peel back my skin from my feet until my hair,...

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Atifete Jahjaga’s Main Shots

By Eraldin Fazliu

Five years ago (April 7, 2011), Kosovo’s assembly voted in Atifete Jahjaga as the state’s new president, making her the first woman president in Kosovo’s history. Jahjaga has now reached...

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Celebrating Kosovo’s independence in Belgrade

By Eraldin Fazliu

It was five o'clock in the morning and darkness still prevailed in the Prishtina sky. People were sleeping and the city was extremely quiet. It was February 17, the day...

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Opposition protest to call for government’s resignation

By Eraldin Fazliu

The political calmness marking the New Year’s celebrations will end this weekend as opposition activists and supporters take to the streets. Saturday’s protest in Prishtina is in opposition to two...

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Mustafa Misses the Point

By Eraldin Fazliu

Yesterday, the Kosovo government’s spokesperson Arban Abrashi finally addressed an issue that has required attention for some time. During a TV interview, Abrashi admitted that perhaps the government hadn’t done...

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“Political Violence” - An International Response

By Eraldin Fazliu

Last wednesday (Nov. 18), the basic court in Prishtina issued arrest warrants for four deputies from Kosovo’s parliamentary opposition parties. Earlier that day, the deputies allegedly used tear gas and...

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Political Turmoil at the University of Prishtina

By Eraldin Fazliu

Last month was a tumultuous one at the University of Prishtina. Protests and counter protests, the rector’s sacking, followed by his swift reinstatement; barely a day seemed to pass without...

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Increased Tensions After Albin Kurti’s Arrest

By Eraldin Fazliu

The ongoing political standoff in Kosovo escalated late last night (Monday, 12 October) with violent demonstrations causing injuries and material damage after Albin Kurti, the spiritual leader of opposition party...

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Edi Rama and His Vision for Western Balkans

By Eraldin Fazliu

In November 2014 Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama paid a historical visit to Belgrade. Hosted by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and under high security measures, Rama became the first...

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Twenty Months of Mayor Shpend Ahmeti

By Eraldin Fazliu

After 13 years of Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) control over Kosovo’s capital city, in January 2014 Shpend Ahmeti was elected as the new mayor of Prishtina. Ahmeti’s election signaled...

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Former Nobel Prize Nominees Forget their ‘Peaceful’ Credentials

By Eraldin Fazliu

On August 21 of this year, the United Nations Security Council met to discuss the quarterly report on the progress of Kosovo, issued by Farid Zarif, the U.N.’s Special Representative...

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Reactions to an Ambiguous Agreement

By Eraldin Fazliu

The EU-brokered agreement in Brussels between Kosovo and Serbia that was signed on Tuesday (August 25) has caused much reaction and debate in both countries; it seems that everybody has...

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“Serbian Institutions are Not Willing to Show the Film” - Marija Ristic

By Eraldin Fazliu

Marija Ristic, Balkan Insight journalist in Belgrade since 2011, premiered her investigative documentary “Unidentified” at the 14th edition of DokuFest in Prizren last week. “Unidentified” documents for the first time, the...

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FILM REVIEW: The Russian Woodpecker

By Eraldin Fazliu

“The Russian Woodpecker” is a thrilling documentary film that is written, produced and directed by Chad Gracia. It offers a look into the mystery, fear, conspiracy and paranoia surrounding the...

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Q&A: Valon Jakupaj

By Eraldin Fazliu

On Tuesday, the tragic-comedy film ‘Çlirimi’ premiered at DokuFest as part of the ‘National Shorts’ category. This film which is set during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo, features a teacher and...

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Q&A: Amal Ramsis

By Eraldin Fazliu

“The Trace of the Butterfly” is a 68 minute documentary film by director Amal Ramsis that will be screening tonight (August 12) at DokuFest in the ‘Balkan Dox’ category. The...

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Today @DokuFest: Kosovo 2.0’s Tuesday Picks

By Eraldin Fazliu

Every day throughout the course of DokuFest (August 8 – 16), Kosovo 2.0 is sharing our top picks for the day, to help guide you through the festival’s vast and...

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Not Only Films: Monday @DokuNights

By Eraldin Fazliu

The other thing we love as much as great films is great music. And every year, DokuNights are an essential part of the DokuFest experience. Right after the projectors are turned...

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DokuFest 2015 Opening Night

By Eraldin Fazliu

The immense crowd packed inside Prizren’s iconic Lumbardhi cinema was buzzing with excitement at the opening ceremony of DokuFest 2015 last night (August 8).

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Outcomes of a Long Stormy Day

By Eraldin Fazliu

After a long and controversial debate which reflected the stormy weather outside, the Assembly of Kosovo yesterday (August 3) passed the constitutional changes that will pave the way for the...

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Special Court: What's It All About?

By Eraldin Fazliu

The Assembly of Kosovo meets today (August 3) with just a single issue on the agenda: the special court. It's a debate that has been rumbling on for over a...