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Bosnia’s limp statehood challenged by act of police insubordination
Latest political calculations and maneuvers lay the captured state bear.
Eliza Hoxha: To have collective pride, we need to talk about collective memory
Kosovar architect presents the country’s '90s history at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
The Artidote: Knowing others are going through the same struggle helps you know you’re not alone
Virtual community provides safe space for discussion on mental health and healing through art — K2.0 speaks to its founder.
The Artidote: Knowing others are going through the same struggle helps you know you’re not alone
Virtual community provides safe space for discussion on mental health and healing through art — K2.0 speaks to its founder.
Migrants and refugees caught in Balkan Limbo
Montenegro experiences rise in those seeking refuge in Europe.
Uncertainty dominates as Bosnian elections announced
October elections could throw the country into political chaos.
Will Kosovo’s education system flunk its exams again?
Reforms delayed by ‘stagnation’ around implementation.
Workers question Ferronikeli ‘success story’
Death, injuries and mass dismissals since 2006 privatization.
Copyright, copyleft or something else completely?
Author rights and free reproduction discussed at K2.0 Small Talk.
Sami Mustafa: Cinema can be more powerful than politics in changing people’s lives
Award winning filmmaker discusses the misleading portrayal of Roma in film and the next generation attempting to change it.
New names and old in Macedonia discussions
The options for ending decades-long dispute between Macedonia and Greece.
Florian Bieber: In some ways, the EU encourages regional autocrats
Leading academic on Western Balkans talks about constrained democracies, foreign influence and the potential for change.
K2.0 Small Talk: Copyright — author rights or commodifying culture?
Join us at Lapidarium on Tuesday, April 24, at 18:00.
Fatos Lubonja: “We are unable to build the big house together, so we build by ourselves”
Publisher from Albania speaks about the role of intellectuals in society, the flaws of Albanian democracy and the necessity of thinking differently.
Get on board with Prishtina’s game bar
Physical interaction and alleviating boredom at heart of new venture.
Hashim Thaçi — (dis)unifying the people?
Two years into his mandate, Kosovo’s president is more divisive than ever.
Doing business in impossible conditions
Does BiH give opportunities to young people to start a business?
Lumir Abdixhiku: “Politics is not the first or last stop of my public engagement.”
LDK deputy speaks about the development of the party, the (im)possibilities of forming coalitions and right wing politics in Kosovo.
The citizen activists struggling for their city
Four years on, ‘Ne da(vi)mo Beograd’ refuses to go away.
Anamari Repić: We forget about people and their lives because of politics
Long-time journalist and vice-chairperson of the Press Council of Kosovo talks media and minorities.
Another ‘normalized’ day between Kosovo and Serbia
Đurić deportation causes yet another rift in relations.
A brief history of a hero made of coal and stars
New project space in Tirana opens with an art installation by Driant Zeneli
The woman shaping Kosovo’s future soldiers
Meet Irfete Spahiu, the first woman General in the Kosovo Security Force
The verdict that failed to reveal the Assembly’s attackers
Basic Court decision quashed due to lack of evidence in terrorism case.
New law opens old wounds in Macedonia
Media environment adds to tensions over landmark language law.
K2.0 is looking for correspondents in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia
You could be one of our new regional correspondents!
Are Kosovars ‘here’ and ‘there’ aiming for the same future?
Those in Kosovo and the diaspora appear to be drifting ever-further apart.
National Theater relocation causes drama in Tirana
Cultural community and the state at odds over building demolition.
Mytaher Haskuka: We can achieve change faster when we are united
New Prizren mayor discusses the possibilities and challenges of governing Kosovo’s second city.
K2.0 Small Talk: Kosovo X — How independent?
Join K2.0 for an open and participative discussion on ten years of independence!
We — the citizens — are the state
February 17 is not just a day of independence, but a chance to reflect upon the Republic we want to be.
The West must finish what it started with Kosovo
The global context has changed in the past 10 years, leaving Kosovo in limbo.
Sislej Xhafa: Independence is an empty glass with no water
Contemporary artist discusses identity, victimization and an underwhelming independence.
Kosovo’s ‘secularism’ is being confused — especially by those trying to defend it
The state’s relationship with religion is far from clear.
Becoming Kosovo: Independence, legitimacy, future
The achievements of the past decade are at risk if political leaders don’t overcome divisions and prioritize national interest.
Arrogance in place of transparency
Effective communication still lacking from Haradinaj’s government.
Is Kosovo’s international love affair coming to an end?
Political reaction to this week’s EU enlargement strategy shows marked shift in tone.
Greeks not ready to give up the name Macedonia
Nationalist issue sparks biggest protests in over two decades.
Albin Tahiri: I feel less nervous being the first one than being the only one
Kosovo’s first Winter Olympian talks about the weight of expectations, a solo struggle to qualify and the role of sport in Kosovo’s fight for recognition.
A murder as a turning point
Ivanović assassination: Fear, threats and insecurity ignored in the north.
Killing freedom of speech in Croatia
An increasing number of assaults on journalists remain unpunished.
Disgraced Eulex ‘judge’ goes to ground
Malcolm Simmons has provided no evidence of alleged EU corruption.
Land of the poor and hungry
More than a quarter of the population in Bosnia and Herzegovina goes to sleep hungry.
Living, and dying, with the consequences
Cancer rates are soaring in Obiliq, which sits in the shadow of one of Kosovo's largest polluters.
Miloš Zeman’s election victory in Czech Republic could spell bad news for Kosovo
Stagnant Czech-Kosovar relations look set to continue.
Kosovo on the bench in EU Enlargement Strategy for the Western Balkans
Draft EU document prioritizes queue for European integration.
Power to the people
The energy situation in Kosovo is complicated, and its future is murky, but one thing is clear: Reliable electricity is key to our development.
Recognition and reparations finally due
Application process opens for survivors of wartime sexual violence.
Punishing protesters without stopping protests
Is freedom of expression being compromised in Albania?
Government parties staring down challenging 2018
How are Kosovo’s governing parties shaping up for new year?
Few following in the footsteps of whistleblowers
Despite favorable laws not many people dare to blow the whistle in Macedonia.
Linda Shala: Kosovo’s market is suffocated, but foreign markets present the youth with opportunities
After nearly 30 years of doing business, Linda Shala speaks new opportunities and challenges in the market, as well as her passion for journalism.
Croatia has become the European Union’s new frontier
The death of a child highlights police treatment of refugees in the EU.
The end of the ICTY
In its 24 years, the international tribunal has been legally groundbreaking but has divided opinion.
Keeping the rivers glistening in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Women of Kruscica part of a nascent movement to preserve rivers in the Balkans.
Blerta Zeqiri: Our Romeo and Juliet is love between people of the same sex
Kosovar filmmaker discusses forbidden love, the process behind her films and women in cinema.
Contemporary culture struggling to survive in Subotica
Local government and cultural institutions in conflict in Vojvodina.
Is the diaspora full of “schatzis”?
The schatzi stereotype does not represent the diversity of Kosovo’s diaspora.
The time has come to implement what we learned from recent elections
Election reforms an inevitable necessity for democratic development.
The Law for Prishtina cannot solve all the city’s problems in its current form
New legislation will complete some challenges but will create others.
Battling back against narratives of prejudice
Fred Taikon has spent his life promoting Roma culture.
Volume Up: Dystopia of a future without journalism
In K2.0’s next Volume Up, Saso Ordanoski imagines a world with no media.
First 100 days show Haradinaj’s power is shackled
Premiership characterised by unfulfilled promises and haphazard spending.
Rights of war-related sexual violence survivors demanded
New Amnesty International report launched in Prishtina.
Flooding has forced thousands to leave their homes in Albania
Human activity a factor in the natural disaster.
Fake news isn’t just an international problem
Kosovo is by no means exempt from the fake news phenomenon.
Reparations as a means of dealing with the past is necessary — and complex
In order to address needs, ‘reparations’ for wartime harm should first be understood.
Night against oppression: Small Talk & Music by Alush
Join K2.0 at our final Small Talk of the year on Dec. 13.
Victims buried by threats and indifference
ICTY judgement causes dissatisfaction, denial, and panic in Croatia.
The censorship of unbribability
Undesirable artists detained for the sake of the ruling elite’s celebration party.
Enisa Eminovska: “I am an expert in a thematic area, not an expert in people. There is no such thing as a Roma expert.”
Social inclusion expert talks integration, assimilation and empowerment.
Igor Stiks: Human rights are not sufficient if societies don’t change
Writer and publicist seeks the answer to the eternal question of ‘What can be done?’
Erik de Kruijf: It’s perfectly possible to be transgender, an LGBT activist, and a devout Catholic
Pride Photo Award curator speaks about the power of photography to spark acceptance.
Runoff process challenged in Supreme Court
Legal move by Vetevendosje after recount decision in Prishtina and Prizren.
Montenegrin Army bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
First legislation of its type in the Western Balkans.
Clueless and ranting: the press according to Edi Rama
With ongoing judicial troubles of former interior minister, Albania’s prime minister is back to attacking the press.
Nerves and surprises as local political landscape continues to shift
Prishtina and Prizren still too tight to call.
Mimoza Kusari-Lila vs Ardian Gjini
First woman mayor in Kosovo competes against AAK in Gjakova for third time.
Agim Bahtiri vs. Valdete Idrizi
Businessman mayor of Mitrovica takes on former civil society member.
The war is over, but war criminals remain
Serbia has never cleaned up its army and police from compromised war personnel.
Lutfi Haziri vs. Sami Kurteshi
A former deputy prime minister against a former ombudsperson in the race for Gjilan.
Cedomir Jovanovic: If we only take care of Kosovo Serbs, we will only sacrifice them
Serbian opposition deputy talks of supporting Kosovo’s independence, liberal politics, and Russian meddling.
Voices in the new Prishtina Assembly
Freshly elected deputies from Vetevendosje, LDK, PDK and AKR talk to K2.0.
The EU continues the tradition of Other-izing the Balkans
Elements of Balkanism still present in communications with candidate states.
Edin Zubcevic: “The destiny of culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a tragic one.”
Jazz Fest Sarajevo founder on culture in transition, fascism, and music as a universal language.
Catalonia cannot be compared to Kosovo’s fight for independence
Why it is misleading to draw close parallels between the two.
Singing about sworn virgins
Vjollca Robelli Mripa’s music explores Albanian traditions and heritage.
Lessons all round after mayoral elections
Kosovo’s main political parties all have reasons to reflect.
Fighting stigmatization on film
Kosovo’s latest Oscar entry tackles the aftermath of wartime sexual violence.
There is a media blackout in the ‘stabilocracy’
Creating a rosy media image of Serbia under the watchful eye of Aleksandar Vucic.
Do mayors keep their promises?
What has or hasn’t been done in the last four years in the bigger municipalities?
Municipalities do not have functional independence
Ten examples of the central level encroaching on the local.
Kosovo’s digital Leviathans threaten a crisis of democracy
Our unchecked online culture is promoting an unhealthy personalization — and presidentialization — of politics.
Shqiprim Lubishtani: Election observation is activism for qualitative change
Long-term observer discusses his engagement in the democratic process and the challenges and improvements over the years.
“The Snake” raises its head for the Special Court
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci blames the international community for his own political failures.
“New phase” of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue raises more questions than answers
Uncertain future awaits while calls for unity fall on deaf ears.
Balkan unity in the Pride Parade
LGBTI rights supporters from across region at Kosovo’s first Pride.
Albin Kurti: “Politics is not the art of the possible. Politics is art. Simply, art.”
Kosovo’s most voted deputy explains his ideas on policymaking and comments on recent developments in this election year.
Albin Kurti: “Politics is not the art of the possible. Politics is art. Simply, art.”
Kosovo’s most voted deputy explains his ideas on policymaking and comments on recent developments in this election year.
Ibrahim Nehme: Change begins in our imagination
Beirut-based magazine founder talks about the power of the media to provoke radical change.
Proud to introduce K2.0’s LGBT monograph
Kosovo’s first Pride should be understood for what it is — a celebration, but also a protest for fundamental human rights.
The ebb and flow of LGBT rights across the globe
Throughout history, the fight for LGBT rights is a story of victories and defeats.
VIDEO: Gaps in the legal system on LGBTI rights
Legislation needs to face same-sex marriage, hate crimes, and the fluidity of gender identities.
Goran Miletic: Most Western Balkan politicians do not see diversity as desirable
Veteran human rights activist discusses slow progress in regional LGBTI rights, defying borders and adapting activism to the internet age.
Sian Jones: Institutions have done nothing for survivors of sexual violence — now it’s their chance to do something
Amnesty International’s researcher for Kosovo talks to K2.0 about war crimes, missing persons and failed justice.
Being part of a state that does not treat you as such
Institutional marginalization of children with disabilities in the education sector.
SMALL TALK: Who’s teaching our students? Education in focus.
Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 17:30 at Kosovo’s National Library in Prishtina.
Jeton Neziraj: What is seen as shocking today will not be in the future
Playwright discusses his often controversial body of work.
The walls as a canvas
From slogans, to tagging, to street art, the world of graffiti is ever-evolving.
Korab Sejdiu: “If we consider the long term, I believe AKR made a mistake”
The newly independent deputy speaks about his reasons for leaving AKR and his future in politics.
Is Lista Srpska a trojan horse inside Kosovo’s statehood?
Kosovar government’s agenda in danger of being dictated from Belgrade
Ramush Haradinaj takes up the role of Prime Minister
Extraordinary session held after the constitution of the Haradinaj government.
Flaka Jahaj & Bonne Reijn: Fashion needs to go back to the zero point
Traditional Kosovar knitwear meets 21st century designs.
Kosovo’s Assembly finally chooses its president
Establishing new institutions unblocked by late night agreements.
Over 70 new cases of sexual harassment
Prishtina the city with the highest number of reports according to “EcShlire” app.
Why the Kosovar diaspora is more conservative and why this is important
Changing the diaspora mindset could help Kosovo progress.
Sokol Beqiri: If an artist has a mission, it’s to testify that there is no art
Peja based artist returns a decade after denouncing art as a medium.
Fires burn on across Balkans
Widespread wildfires in Albania, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro.
The truth about many disappeared persons is still a long way off
The creation of political institutions needs to be backed up by political will.
It’s about time to seriously talk about war crimes and more
As a society, we can’t afford to continue ignoring the crimes committed during the ’90s in Kosovo.
Edi Hila: I want to talk about my art, not the regime
Albanian artist discusses his participation at documenta 14.
Kosovo’s Interpol membership is far from assured
As UN General Assembly vote approaches, does Kosovo have the support?
Joshua Oppenheimer: “If you want to understand genocide, you have to understand the perpetrators.”
Oscar-nominated director talks about war crimes and guilt.
Trump emboldens far-right extremists who are now more powerful than ever
Condemning neo-Nazis is one area we should all be able to agree upon.
The traitors’ clique
Statement by the War Veterans’ Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army: Who is to blame?
Why should we protect our cultural heritage?
Memory, identity and economic development as key pillars.
DokuFest 2017: That’s a wrap!
This year’s festival draws to a close, leaving behind a sense of optimism.
Travis Wilkerson on the search for art in activism
Radical filmmaker shares his perspective at DokuFest.
DokuFest: The Selectors’ Selections II
Team behind the festival pick out the highlights of closing two days.
Morten Traavik: ex-Yugoslav industrial music is a better alternative to drone bombing
“Liberation Day” director talks North Korea, boycotts, ‘TotalKunst’ and Yugoslavia.
Mohamedsalem Werad: Western Sahara is in two passive wars, liberating the country and building it
Saharawi activist talks to K2.0 about resistance in “Africa’s last colony.”
Robert Bisha: Folk Music is people telling things as they are
Pianist discusses blurring the lines of the traditional and the experimental.
The future is coming to DokuFest
Starting tonight, Kosovo's biggest film festival stares into the great unknown.
Lucinda Coxon: Anybody talking about their film’s success has also had a huge amount of failure
“The Danish Girl” screenwriter talks killing characters, theater vs. film and disruptive childhoods.
Serbia’s poorest are being forcibly evicted by businessmen dressed as public officials
State-backed enforcement agents fronting class war against the vulnerable.
Making art in Hoxha’s Albania
“Socialist realism did not depict life as it was, but life as it was supposed to be.”
Specialist Chambers should learn from past experiences on witness testimonies
Why Rule 155 may be about to enter our daily discourse.
Molly Kleiman: How can we take a conversation and translate it into other spaces, other times?
Editorial Director of New York’s ‘Triple Canopy’ publication discusses the magazine in the modern world.
Bringing back the golden age
How can Kosovo’s football clubs improve their performance in European competition?
What does ‘Europeanization’ mean for Kosovo?
K2.0’s latest event discusses Kosovo’s relationship with the European Union.
Why do people stand by while others are in danger?
A look at the bystander effect and whether the law can increase interventions.
Lala Meredith-Vula: Kosovo’s landscapes seemed to me like paintings
Photographer brings rural Kosovo to global exhibition.
Francis Fukuyama: It’s easy to return to old habits once inside the EU
Political economist talks to K2.0 about outside powers in the Balkans, EU accession and the power of capitalism.
To vote or not to vote in the Rama era?
Albanian democracy needs a challenger to its undisputed leader.
Shkelzen Gashi: If VV comes to power, maybe only Kurti will remain uncorrupt
One of Vetevendosje’s co-founders, alongside Albin Kurti, speaks about its growth during elections, its past mistakes and their being ill prepared to govern.
How do we reclaim Prishtina’s common grounds?
K2.0’s latest event discusses revitalizing public space.
Macedonia’s journey from EU-poster child to an autocracy in denial is full of lessons to be learned
The rise and fall of the once all-powerful VMRO-DPMNE.
Vucic’s second inauguration shows off the new face of power in the region
The man who has everything he wants, except…
Pupils lead education (r)evolution in BiH
School pupils launch nationwide campaign to end segregated education.
We need to talk about mental health
Why do Kosovars see discussions about emotional and mental issues as taboo?
Demagogy over ideology in Albania’s elections
Genuine political programs absent as Albania goes to polls.
Mass firing of civil servants in Albania
Public officials removed for alleged contributions to electoral campaigns.
A digital war against extremism?
Experts gather in Prishtina to discuss using the internet against terrorists.
Kosovo diaspora dreams of political change
The Kosovars abroad calling for a functioning social democracy.
The collapse of political strongholds
Changes in voting trends in Ferizaj, Kacanik and Fushe Kosove.
Prishtina debates digital rights
Conference highlights issues surrounding data privacy and exploitation.
Life after midnight
Prishtina’s original partystarters discuss the city’s clubbing scene now and then.
We don’t yet know who will form Kosovo’s government, but it is clear that citizens voted for change
Politicians from all parties should pay careful attention to yesterday’s shock results.
We need to insist on elections fought on substance
Democracy is not about changing leaders but exchanging, and fighting for, ideas.
Make your vote count to fight corruption
Now is the time to demand an end to the corrupt practices holding Kosovo back.
Thousands of women will be denied their vote in Sunday’s election
When men hijack women’s votes, internationals criticize ‘family voting’ and the core problem is overlooked by all.
The “female fund” is a farce for Kosovar politics
We must vote for women, not because they are women, but because of their political convictions that advance the position of women.
Fears of a repeat of 2010
Lack of time and pre-election coalitions mean monitors are warning of misconduct on election day.
Sali Mekaj’s indictment up for review
Appeals court allows its former head to object to his indictment
Cross-legged on top of the world
First Albanian woman, and first Kosovar club expedition reach the summit of Mount Everest.
For the author or for everyone?
Claims over the rights to intellectual property divide activists and the state.
Resistance to the conservative revolution in Croatia
Feminist action against ultra-conservative ideas.
Damir Imamovic: “If someone expects a sevdah singer to stay put, I won’t be their favorite sevdah singer”
Performer and sevdah theorist talks music, politics, nationalism, and tradition.
Fortesa Kadriu: “Non acceptance and stigmatization in society endangers mental health”
Psychologist discusses mental health services for LGBT persons.
Kosovo politics is entering a Machiavellian era
New coalition between PDK, AAK and NISMA can only increase apathy among the electorate.
Hamed Abboud: The whole function of literature has changed for me now
Syrian poet on how his experiences as a refugee have transformed his work.
K2.0 is hiring — Western Balkans Correspondents
Seeking reporters in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro.
Unconstitutional rules at the Specialist Chambers
Why the rules on procedure and evidence were returned for revision.
Two musical duos lighting up Kosovo’s underground
Tandem and X-Rated Self Love look beyond the wall.
The scapegoat of Greater Albania amid rising tensions in Macedonia
Nationalist narrative used to stigmatize the minority.
What’s happening with health insurance?
Premium collection set to begin despite lack of public information.
Jusuf Azemi: Kosovo’s economy is based on the backs of oppressed workers
Head of Independent Trade Union of the Private Sector says that workers rights have seen no improvement in Kosovo since the 1900s.
Shpend Ahmeti: I want to be measured on the extent to which Prishtina exists for its citizens
Prishtina’s mayor discusses his first term in office and looks to the future in this election year.
Macedonia’s citizens will not be drawn into another armed conflict
The majority of citizens can see through the mirage of consociational feudalism.
French court refuses to extradite Ramush Haradinaj to Serbia
Former KLA commander free to return to Kosovo.
Minority Political Representation: Bosniaks
Second of a 5-part focus on those representing Kosovo’s minorities.
Last days to halt hydropower construction in Valbona
The clock is ticking to save National Park in Albania.
Nationalists who speak different languages understand each other the best
Declaration on a common language has caused a fiery reaction.
Minority political representation: Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians
First of a 5-part focus on those representing Kosovo’s minorities.
Infrastructure blocked for people with disabilities
Tens of thousands unable to access buildings, streets and services.
Alberta Troni: “We can see how thirsty the youth of Kosovo are for classical music”
Ahead of their duet at Prishtina’s Chopin Piano Fest, pianist Alberta Troni and cellist Karel Bredenhorst discuss the universal language of music.
Drita Hajdari: Without cooperation with Serbia, it is impossible to bring justice for war crimes
Special prosecutor discusses the challenges of prosecuting war crimes when the majority of suspects are unobtainable to state institutions.
Ares Shporta: “No one will just give things to us — we must take them, demand them”
Lumbardhi Foundation’s executive director discusses the struggle to create a cultural hub in Kosovo.
Just keep walking: Serbian Spring 2.0
More and more people are joining protests across Serbia demanding Vucic goes.
I need something less than a National Day
‘Kosovo National Roma Day’ is a ridiculous circus that helps no one.
Aleksandar Vucic’s cheapest — and most expensive — votes were from Kosovo
Hashim Thaci and Aleksandar Vucic are on their way to Brussels.
“The Dark” provides immersive musical experience
Experimental opera performance shows potential of abandoned spaces.
Alketa Xhafa Mripa: This need to be the voice for the voiceless is just doing my bit as a human being
Conceptual artist talks refugees, cups of tea and being inspired by her father.
Vucic’s victory leads Serbia towards autocracy
Serbia’s newly elected president may lead the country on the same path as Turkey or Russia.
Kosovo’s army’s uncertain path
Hashim Thaci’s game is more likely to trigger elections in Kosovo than to transform KSF into Kosovo’s army this year.
Taste2: My music is a form of protest against the evils in this country
Rapper says he contributes to Kosovar society through music that is against those who are “lying to the people.”
Political and economic interests in media ownership are squeezing Kosovar journalism
New and old ownership models present their own challenges to quality independent reporting.
Running to live
NATO's intervention brought hope, but also retaliation, forcing many to flee their homes.
The deserter prosecuted for war crimes
The story of Sinan Morina, extradited to Serbia on war crimes charges.
Despite ambiguities, media should uphold professional standards when reporting on the judicial process
Balancing exclusivity vs. the need for accuracy.
Odile Burluraux: Artists can contribute to thinking differently and raising questions
Curators Odile Burluraux and Jessica Castex discuss the exhibiting of Hayoun Kwon’s virtual reality artwork, “489 Years,” at Kosovo’s National Gallery.
The history makers
After years of seeking recognition, Kosovo’s first ever world cup qualification campaign began with a roller coaster 36 hours on the Finnish coast.
Stepping into Kosovar sport’s post-recognition age
Welcome to K2.0’s monograph on sports — a note from the editor.
The halls of power
Kosovo’s sports federations have won the battle to be recognized, but are they serving the country’s sportspeople?
The homes of Kosovar sport
A look inside the places that house Kosovo sport, including both its history and future.
Grappling with greatness
The latest judo star from the Ippon Club in Peja knows exactly what it takes to beat a current Olympic champion. She trains with one every day.
Following in the footsteps of champions
As the women’s national football team play their first competitive matches, they can take inspiration from two superstars of the European game.
Are we one?
For years, sport united ethnic Albanians scattered among states around the world, but Kosovo’s sporting recognition has complicated matters.
Mimoza Ahmetaj: The Balkans is a fragile region that is continuously influenced by external powers
New Minister of European Integration says the EU has a bright future, there is no plan B for Kosovo and border demarcation with Montenegro must pass in the Assembly.
Astrit Ismaili: Bodies are just bodies — free the nipple!
Conceptual artist discusses performance art, rebellion and body expressionism.
Lirindja invites us to pay homage to Rilindja
Zine’s fourth issue brings us the history of Kosovo’s first printing house.
Anita Mitic — living life as an activist
The Belgrade human rights campaigner who keeps speaking out.
Kosovo takes new steps towards establishing its army
President Thaci bypasses Constitution to push progress.
Macedonia’s crisis is internal and must be solved by the politics of de-escalation
Regardless of the president’s unconstitutional actions, legal solutions are not the answer.
Understanding Kosovo’s ‘special court’
Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office explained.
Regional project promotes reconciliation through writing
Short stories by authors from former-Yugoslavia aim to reconcile the bad blood between nations.
Reconciliation is not cool
The reconciliation process began too early in Kosovo, now it is derided as a joke.
Daniel Mulloy: “Any film you could make anywhere else you could make in Kosovo”
BAFTA winner talks refugee crisis, Kosovar cinema and his favorite 'cajtores' with K2.0.
The president must be careful when establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Hashim Thaci’s second attempt at discovering the truth about the past must be better than his first.
Brussels based talks are a ‘Dialogue of the Deaf’
The EU-mediated negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia have become obstructed. How can they progress in 2017?
Flagging and banal nationalism confirm Kosovo’s statehood, but that’s not the full picture
While recent success in the sporting arena has helped to increase affinity to the Kosovo flag, Kosovar identity remains complex and nuanced.
‘Copy paste’ Independence Day
As Kosovo marks another Independence Day, it has many familiar problems — but it can start to move beyond them if citizens are placed at the heart of the country’s democracy.
Journalistic ethics are being forgotten in order to get more clicks
Media outlets publishing video footage of a woman burning in the flames of a Sarajevo fire is the latest example of broken principles.
Uta Ibrahimi: Trekking in the Himalayas made me realize how small we humans are
Outdoor enthusiast on testing herself to the limit by negotiating perilous falls, altitude sickness and fearsome yetis!
The victims of ever-changing threats to peace are innocent civilians
Evolution of global security threats has also affected warfare methods.
Appeals underway for Kosovars on Interpol list
Haradinaj one of 20 appeals submitted to Interpol in December 2016.
What can Kosovo learn from the latest developments in Romania?
In an evolving democracy, the popular vote cannot legitimize corruption.
Fitore Berisha: Bringing out my horns through artistic protest
Artist talks about using art as therapy, revolt and empowerment.
Is it time for unity representation in Brussels?
K2.0 explores the increasing calls to redesign the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue process.
Kosovar journalists need to demand implementation of their access to information rights
In Kosovo, access to information is well guaranteed in theory — in practise it’s a different story.
Surveillance included as evidence against Vetvendosje activists
Initial blows traded in tense court session.
Journalism is dead, long live the vox populi!
For liberal democracy as we know it, the decline of professional journalism is certainly bad news — without it, vocal majorities dictate political decisions increasingly rooted in extreme, intolerant values.
Brussels dialogue continues amid increased tensions
EU facilitating today’s meeting between leaders of Kosovo and Serbia.
#KosovoInUnesco — Hashtag or real will?
K2.0 organizes discussion on Kosovo's reapplication in UNESCO.
Shpat Deda sings his song “Ninullë,” dedicated to his grandmother
Shpat Deda’s new project, which involves a song and a music video, was published on Friday.
A drive to Serbia’s election campaign
In Belgrade, the controversial train has been met with plenty of scepticism.
Kosovars to join historic global Women’s March
Millions expected to demonstrate for rights following Trump’s inauguration.
Reviving the rhetoric of the past
The language coming from Belgrade this week has been reminiscent of dark days in Kosovo.
Questions remain over Thaci’s role in train stop
President may have acted unconstitutionally if he issued order to Kosovo Police.
ANDRRA: Exploring Albanian rhapsodies gives meaning to my parents’ pasts and my own future
Chart-topping music artist discusses her upcoming album, folk music by women and cultural conformity.
France delays decision on Haradinaj extradition request
Former KLA commander remanded on bail while all evidence considered.
Kosovo Assembly united in condemning Haradinaj arrest
Escalated political tensions with Serbia over historical warrants.
Make 2017 the Year of Resistance
After this most difficult of political years, it’s time for engagement and action.
Dizzying highs, sobering defeats and final recognitions in a landmark year for Kosovo sport
From Olympic glory to Kosovo’s first ever world cup qualifier, 2016 will live long in the sporting memory.
All talk, no action: Human Rights in Kosovo in 2016
Though rhetoric has been positive, little benefit has been felt by Kosovo’s vulnerable communities this year.
Conjuring the powers of art and culture
A summary of a year's work in culture: improving the image of Kosovo.
“What if we’re not lesbians, but we’re something else?”
A long journey to accepting transgender identity.
The emerging illiterate class is hooked on Facebook videos – and that’s good news for demagogues
Millennials communicate through emojis, bringing forth a new form of over-simplified, emotional news.
Equal education, only on paper
Kosovar girls not being provided skills for equal labor force participation.
Albanian Parties may potentially become kingmakers in forming the next Macedonian government
Complex and possibly futile negotiations lie in wait after inconclusive election results.
Kosovo’s civil society is a product of its post-war roots
The transition to democracy is never straightforward for any state, but in post-war Kosovo — initially under an international protectorate — the challenges have been multiplied.
In the aftermath of PISA
We need to reflect on the problems in Kosovo’s education system and finally reform it for the better.
Local artist’s designs celebrate Kosovo’s past and present
Ilire Lepaja says all dreams require courage and risk-taking.
The web we have to save
The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?
Kosovar activists prepare to mark Human Rights Day
Range of activities planned to address Kosovo human rights violations.
Protests against air pollution in Prishtina
PEN and Science for Change Movement continue to measure air pollution.
Kosovo must fight to ensure institutional responsibility for the murder of Enver Hadri
The case seen through a legal lens.
Global instability strengthens Russian influence in the Balkans
While all Western Balkan states are on the path to EU integration, with tensions between Russia and the West on the rise, Russian influence in the region appears to be growing.
Branko Cecen: Investigative journalists face media lynchings, threats and physical assaults in Vucic’s Serbia
Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) director on why he walked out of prime minister’s speech at regional media conference.
International investigation into Dehari case legally unlikely
Legal avenues limited for implementing petition's key demand.
Kosovo amongst worst ranked nations in PISA education assessment
Kosovar students score the lowest in the region.
The things I wanted to eat, have been eating me this whole time
Tirana duo Livia Tice and Sonja Azizaj won third place at this years Kosovo Slam Poetry festival with their poem on queer identity.
An unfair life
Alina Fazliu’s received the jury’s special mention at the 2016 Kosovo Slam Poetry Festival for her poem on domestic violence.
A mostly one-sided dialogue between homophobia and young queer kids
Kosovo Slam Poetry festival 2016’s winning poem by Lindon Krasniqi.
Will Kosovo’s international support fade in 2017?
Challenges lie ahead after a year of political upheaval amongst Kosovo’s traditional allies.
OSCE will not monitor Drenas mayoral election
Ad hoc proposal not in line with formal observation process.
Photo campaign focuses on environment and health
#EcoKosovo to raise awareness of environment through competition.
New Astrit Dehari protest keeps pressure on government
Petition launched demanding key resignations.
Could Fatmir Limaj be handed to the special court for war crimes?
NISMA boss already indicted for war crimes in Kosovo.
European countries need to provide access to information in practice, not just on paper
Legal frameworks aren't being reflected in reality when it comes to transparency.
Marcin Malinowski: Artificial Intelligence is going to be a game changer for humankind
Google's head of global partnerships for Eastern Europe talks AI, user privacy and how to get hired.
You are from Kosovo, no boarding for you
Visa restrictions stand in the way of growing Kosovar businesses.
Open letter to Minister Arban Abrahi and the government of Kosovo
It's time to end the talk and finally compensate the victims of conflict related sexual violence.
The visa regime between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo doesn’t apply to everyone
Bosnian Serbs are able to freely travel to Kosovo using passports issued by Serbia.
Citizens take to the streets demanding ‘Justice for Astrit’
Calls for independent investigation into Astrit Dehari’s death.
Moving past the U.S. election numbness
For many Americans, Donald Trump's victory comes with a cry for action.
To prevent future Astrit Dehari cases, we must change the system by using it
Instead of heading toward collective efficacy, Kosovo is going in the opposite direction.
Human rights organizations demand investigation into Astrit Dehari’s death
Mounting pressure for government action.
Justice for Astrit Dehari demanded in solemn march
Questions remain following prison death of opposition activist.
Alan Greenberg: “I can fix technology. I cannot fix people.”
Ed-tech guru discusses how technology is shaping the future of learning.
Ten factors affecting the rise and fall of nations
On the book “The Rise and Fall of Nations – Forces of Change in Post-Crisis World,” by Ruchir Sharma.
Countering Violent Extremism is at risk of failing
By their nature and design, anti-extremism efforts may exacerbate what they seek to stamp out.
Amy Cosper: Entrepreneurship is creating something new, innovative or disruptive where nothing was before
American entrepreneur talks about pursuing the “cool” profession.
Janset Kalan: I wish people would listen to trans people, try to understand and accept them
Human rights activist and trans woman discusses fundamental freedoms and transgender discrimination in Turkey.
Why did we protest against Jablanovic and not against Grabovci?
In Kosovo, a fear of ‘the other’ is allowing ‘our own’ to get away with internal damage to the state.
Where to address your #IWantToKnow demands
Social media profiles of institutions and public representatives.
Survivors of conflict related sexual violence are frustrated with delays
Steps have been taken to provide reparations to survivors, but the process has been slow.
The Brussels dialogue is important, but it needs to change
Despite some positive steps forward, there is a long way to go in the Prishtina-Belgrade negotiations.
The sweet taste of Swedish democracy
Stockholm trip highlights how far Kosovo has to go when it comes to media freedoms and human rights.
Whistling through vineyards
Oborri's debut album provides a colorful soundtrack to the animated projections of our collective memory.
An open letter to Donald Trump
Republican should disavow war criminals' endorsements and clarify Yugoslav wars views.
To blend or not to blend? Albanian is ever-evolving
Albanian speakers face numerous problems with new words and expressions that will take time to be standardized.
Signs of strain in Kosovo-Turkey relations
Events in Turkey this summer have highlighted that the 'special relationship' isn't all plain sailing.
Didarja – a missing story
New Albanian translation for book that challenges traditional approaches to history.
Protest numbers are being fetishized
The obsession of judging initiatives by the number of people on the streets is damaging Kosovo's citizen activism.
Ian F. Svenonius: Bush and Trump are punk presidents
Rock ’n’ roller talks U.S. elections, the Sex Pistols, the Internet and cha-cha-cha.
Kinisi Festival of Sound and Music: Encouraging new ways of listening
Festival directors talk underwater concerts, priest bell-ringing solos and Bulgarian bagpipes.
I suffer therefore I am — we must stop animal cruelty in Kosovo
Just like marginalized people, animals have their voices silenced and are disempowered.
Venera Mustafa: You express yourself with what you wear
Fashion designer discusses art and fashion in Prishtina.
Time for Kosovo’s media to get serious on transitional justice
Journalists should not avoid complex issue of transitional justice.
Held back and excluded
Kosovo’s Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians continue to be left behind in education.
Kosovo’s public discourse is toxic
The Web has become a place to attack others at the expense of enlivened and enriched debate.
Kosovo hosts first regional conference on LGBTI rights
Historic event themed “Why laws are not enough.”
Footballers choosing their identity is not treason
Albanians of Switzerland have a right to self-identify.
Who defends the citizens of a corrupt state?
Lack of accountability costs Kosovars millions of euros.
Kosovo’s ‘privatization’ of workers’ rights
Workers forced to accept rights violations due to job insecurity.
The Republic has plenty of detractors, now it needs friends
There is no shortage of people harming Kosovo, but its defenders need to stand up.
Ruairi O’Connell: Those in Kosovo’s justice system have chance to become a hero
UK Ambassador says ‘Pronto Affair’ must be a turning point for Kosovo, but insists there are wider problems with high-level corruption.
Welcome to K2.0’s online magazine
As we move toward a new era, K2.0 will continue to challenge, provoke and inspire.
Letter from a friendly ‘inadmissible’ person
Human rights activist describes Schengen visa annulment experience.
A symbol of repression which should remain just that
Prishtina’s Serbian Orthodox Church should stay, a reminder of the terror of racism and oppression.
Kosovo and Bosnia: Artistic kiss in Belgrade air
Prishtina and Sarajevo meet in the heart of Belgrade, the city which gave birth to that which separates them.
Turkish journalist: My days in jail after the coup
As a noted defender of press freedoms, the authorities tried to paint me as a “terrorist” in their media-clampdown.
Awaiting U.S. Election Day with trepidation
With vastly different worldviews, Clinton and Trump are neck and neck in presidential race.
Mike Butcher: Using tech is essential for addressing the refugee crisis
Techfugees founder insists big, intractable problems require new and innovative solutions.
Her- and his- story discussed in Small Talk
Full house debates conflict-related sexual violence at K2.0.
Lulzim Hoti: Culture is one of the main pillars of sustainable development
Local artists aiming to reactive Mitrovica’s lapsed cultural scene through 7 Arte.
Two contested agreements and Kosovo’s political domination
Andrea Capussela argues that Kosovo's deals with Montenegro and Serbia aren't a cause of instability, but a manifestation of its real causes.
Fusing music, art and heritage — Visions of Beyond
K2.0 caught up with DJ Uran B., one of the people behind this weekend’s Visions of Beyond festival at Harlilaq Fortress.
Shaping Mitrovica’s future, from the bottom up
Initiative aims to engage citizens in local decisions.
Kosovo and the Balkans united in discontent
Protest movements, whether in Kosovo or the wider region, must address fundamental structural issues in society, argues Artan Sadiku.
Democracy? Stability? One year on from the international agreements
On the anniversary of two internationally backed agreements with its neighbors, Kosovo appears weaker.
Grabovci’s resignation should not mask Kosovo’s problems
Adem Grabovci's resignation should not hide deepest issues exposed by wiretapping revelations.
DokuFest 2016 — an everyday act of rebellion
International film festival closes doors for another year.
Citizens lead new wave of Prishtina protests
Hundreds take to streets following PDK wiretap revelations.
‘Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)’ — a marathon masterpiece
Those prepared to put themselves through a feat of cinematic endurance will be richly rewarded.
Hot climate in Kosovo’s politics
The wave of political events in Kosovo this week have surpassed the sweltering heat of the summer.
Fight for Prizren girl justice to continue
Demands for criminal prosecutions after death of Prizren 3-year-old.
Kosovo should care about a ‘Brexit’
The UK referendum on leaving the EU could have potentially significant consequences for Kosovo.
Killers in senior public positions
Institutional leaders responsible for the death of a three-year-old in Prizren should be charged with murder.
But you asked for it, you with your short skirt!
We need to end the culture of victim blaming and tackle deep-rooted societal sexism.
Ferizaj workers continue steely fight for justice
Former factory employees occupy municipal assembly.
An evening to remember — the ‘90s
A journey back to the '9os as K2.0 launches its final print magazine.
Questions remain after Kosovo’s UEFA admission
Kosovo will have a national team — but who, when and how?
Maternity hardship for working women
Despite legislation, many women are still unprotected from discriminatory practices.
Why is history not repeating itself in Macedonia?
Macedonians need to do away with an old mentality of politics and pave the way for real change.
Preparing to introduce Kosovo football to the world
National team manager Albert Bunjaki ready for historic role.
WAITING FOR THE BUSES
Citizen-activism initiative founder says pressure must continue on institutions to bring about change.
EC proposes visa-free travel for Kosovars
Visa liberalisation big step closer after positive decision.
Kosovo’s political prisoners
Those jailed during a time when thinking differently was illegal still bear the scars of their detention.
Letter from the editor
The '90s are painful recent history, but a closer look can help us understand our modern identity.
The parallel lives of crows
The segregation of blackbirds mirrored that of humans in Gjilan during the 1990s.
Visual pilgrimage to common sense: A doodle of freedom
The '90s were a decade of importance — so why have we tried so hard to forget?
The price of peace — lessons from Northern Ireland
As millions celebrate St. Patrick's Day, there are plenty of parallels between the histories of Kosovo and Ireland.
Prishtina’s protest camp: Meet the protesters
Who are the protesters that have set up camp in the center of Kosovo's capital?
Brian Rasic: Taking photographs is a labor of love
Belgrade-born photographer to the stars has worked with artists from Amy Winehouse to David Bowie.
Eight faces of independence
Eight years after Kosovo declared independence, eight citizens explain what it means to them.
The neglected voices of Saturday’s mass protests
Citizens oppose "unconstitutional" government actions.
Crime and Punishment in Kosovo
No visa liberalisation for Kosovars until politicians are held to account
“Quint” embassies clarify controversial statement
UK, France and Italy say comments unrelated to opposition raid.
Amnesty International calls for urgent investigation into Kosovo Police actions
Suggestions that "excessive force" used during Vetevendosje raid.
The Republic is failing but the manifestation is part of the problem
Protesting for Kosovo's protection on Albania’s Independence Day weakens the state's fragile values.
There is life after UNESCO – and much work to do too
Civil society demands action after Kosovo's membership rejection.
Kosovo’s conservative youth
Economics, education and isolation contribute to a conservative generation.
UNESCO rejects Kosovo’s membership bid
Reaction as Kosovo falls three votes short of entering UN's cultural agency.
A monument between Brotherhood and Unity and Adem Jashari
Misconceptions endure about iconic Prishtina structure.
Stuck in social housing: Kosovo’s weak policies and lack of commitment
Kosovo's weak policies and lack of commitment to disadvantaged.
Skopje’s revamping project and democracy derailed
Malpractice and division characterize Skopje 2014.
Erzen Shkololli leaves the National Gallery – but what’s his legacy?
Cultural institution says farewell to influential director.
Referendum on nothing
President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, is playing a dangerous game in order to exert his already considerable influence.
Closer Together? 79 Kilometers of ‘Neighborly’ Relations
Locals contest Kosovo and Montenegro border demarcation.
Peter Sunde: Mark Zuckerberg is the dictator of the biggest country we’ve ever had
Pirate Bay co-founder talks Facebook, Nazis and revolution.
Letter from the editor
Think you can't have an impact? This magazine is here to show you why that's wrong.
Destroying the environment, destroying lives
Air pollution, illegal dumping and deforestation ruin more than just the scenery.
‘Thinking of You’ — A collective healing among skirts
Artist aims to promote discussion on wartime sexual violence with poignant Prishtina installation.
To inherit or not to inherit: The rule of law
Equality on paper failing to uphold women's right to inheritance.
Flashback in photos
Sports in Kosovo took a step back in the '90s, but one man's camera kept the scene from going dark.
Recognition, one match at a time
Acceptance on international sporting stages can help forge Kosovo's national identity.
Hava Shala: Freedom from within
Kosovar native fought for reconciliation as a way of gaining a nation's freedom.
The children of the diaspora
The dreams and desires of Albanians who scattered are as diverse as the people themselves.
The walls that can’t be torn down
Even after millennia of hurt, we humans can't do without our boundaries
Modernization in Kosovo’s Visual Arts
Details the difficult process of modern artists trying to discover and showcase their original voice.
An artist in search of alternative spaces
Alban Muja sees Prishtina as a city of wasted opportunities — but he also sees solutions
The complexity of Kosovo’s war memorials
Sites that inspire the imagination and provide space for mourning are nonetheless criticized.
Letter from the editor
A take on the importance of public space in today’s Kosovo and across the globe.
Body and mind
Mexico City native and California resident Violeta Luna talks about her performance art.
How to date a Balkan woman
Meet the types of women you will meet, and the rules to treating them right.
UFOs observing crucifixions? Fairy milk for superhuman strength? What Kosovo’s myths lack in believability, they make up for in quirkiness.
I am woman, hear me pray
Istanbul's religious authorities have started an ambitious project to make the city's 3,100 mosques more friendly for women worshippers
In Switzerland, moderate Islam digs in for fight
During a time of hotheaded debates and widespread Islamophobia, a group of Albanian imams unites to combat extremism and fundamentalism
16,000 kilometers, 1 bus and a license to bribe
On the Mongol Rally, budgeting for corruption is a must to complete treacherous journey across 25 countries.
Land of Dissolution
Kosovo has moved past the horrors, but it's still a nation struggling to find a new identity and move forward.
It's a hardscrabble place that's in some places shrouded in darkness, but an underlying spirit shines through in the faces you met on the streets.