Magazine article New Internationalist

Aleksandar Vucic

Magazine article New Internationalist

Aleksandar Vucic

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Prime Minister Vucic took his Progressive Party to the Serbian electorate on 24 April (two years before his government's mandate was up) to gain legitimacy for his plan to join the European Union. It proved a risky manoeuvre - the Progressives lost seats to rightwing nationalist parties and their vote sank below 50 per cent. Still, it left a somewhat a chastened Vucic with enough seats to continue to pursue his pro-European policies, despite widespread discontent due to austerity policies forced on Serbia by the International Monetary Fund as conditions for a $1.35 billion loan, and to the EU's mistreatment of Greece, a traditional Serbian ally.

The wars of the 1990s and Serbian atrocities still hang over the political class, many of whom are complicit in crimes of that era. Vucic himself was once a hardliner serving as Minister of Information under Slobodan Milosevic - who was later brought up on warcrimes charges and died in his jail cell in The Hague. …

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