About: Aleksandar Vučić

Politics 22-04-2022

EU-mediated Kosovo-Serbia dialogue on license plates fails

Kosovo and Serbia have failed to agree on the issue of license plates, an issue that sparked unrest along the border in September 2021, after the deadline expired on Thursday, 21 April.
Enlargement 17-04-2022

Pro-Russia Serbs protest in Belgrade to support Russia and against NATO

Thousands of Serbs waving Russian and Serbian flags and carrying pictures of President Vladimir Putin marched through Belgrade to the Russian embassy on Friday, to protest Serbia's government bid to distance itself from Moscow after its invasion of Ukraine.
Enlargement 12-04-2022

The Ukraine war and the Balkans: When autocrats pose as stability guarantors

The war in Ukraine has triggered Western Balkan autocrats to position themselves as guarantors of stability and for that reason, regional political initiatives by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić should be ended, experts concluded at a conference held in Sofia on Monday (11 April).
Enlargement 08-04-2022

Serbian elections: Vucic’s victory marks the start of his party’s decline

The outcome of the Serbian elections on 3 April was in line with most expectations. The country’s strongman, Aleksandar Vučić, won more than convincingly in the first presidential round, with 58.65% of the votes. But the interesting part is in the details.

Germany warns of spillover-effect of Ukraine war in Western Balkans

The German government has warned of Russia's destabilisation strategies, possibly challenging peace and stability in the Western Balkan region, most notably in the already dysfunctional Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
Global Europe 05-04-2022

Will ‘Postpolitik’ replace ‘Ostpolitik’?

The policy of pragmatic coexistence with autocratic Russia is now recycled in the hands of Russia’s ‘Trojan horses’ in the EU and Vučić’s Serbia, writes Radan Kanev.
Enlargement 04-04-2022

Vucic claims victory in elections ‘without suspense’

Serbia’s strongman Aleksandar Vučić claimed a landslide victory in general elections Sunday (3 April) paving the way for another term as president and extending his decade-long rule in the Balkan nation. Official results were set to be announced late Monday...
Disinformation 31-03-2022

Social media companies must increase regulation of their platforms to enable democracy in Serbia

Elections in Serbia and an explosion of pro-Russian disinformation show why manipulation of social media in the Balkans by state actors is now a critical issue for Europe, writes Antoinette Nikolova.
Enlargement 21-03-2022

Serbia’s EU ambition – the best guarded secret in the election campaign

In the predominantly Russia-leaning public space in Serbia, an EU candidate country since 2012, aligning with the bloc is obviously not a popular political message ahead of the parliamentary, presidential, and Belgrade elections due on 3 April.
Enlargement 18-03-2022

Analyst says if Putin was a candidate in Serbia, he would get over 70% of the vote

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić knows that “Russia has become completely useless for Serbia”, but he will keep up his pro-Putin rhetoric to please his electorate in the run-up to the elections on 3 April, says Orhan Dragaš, a security expert in Belgrade.
Enlargement 09-03-2022

‘Brothers forever’: many in Serbia back Russia amid global outcry

Amid the thunder of pro-Russian slogans and anti-NATO chants in the streets of Serbia's capital Belgrade, Marko Vezmar was unrepentant in his support for President Vladimir Putin and the invasion of Ukraine.
Enlargement 03-03-2022

Serbia’s UN vote against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine decrypted

Given Belgrade’s loyalty to Moscow, it came as a surprise to many that Serbia supported a United Nations resolution on Wednesday (2 March) asking Russia to “immediately” withdraw from Ukraine.
Enlargement 03-03-2022

Serbia’s loyalty to Putin threatens renewed conflict in the heart of Europe

The Balkans’ “Little Russia” cannot be appeased anymore, as Putin plans to destabilise the region through Russia’s historic ally, Serbia, writes Faton Tony Bislimi, PhD.
Enlargement 01-03-2022

Chess player Vucic is considering his next moves

Serbian President Alexandar Vucic is reportedly good at chess. In politics, too, he is doing well: despite being accused of authoritarianism, monopolising the media, and frequently changing his opinion, his power seems unshakable, writes Svetla Miteva.
Enlargement 01-03-2022

Serbia elects amid crisis of democracy

Two years later, the officially stated reasons for the extraordinary elections in Serbia are proving that the parties that boycotted the 2020 election were right, writes Aleksandra Tomanić.
Enlargement 22-02-2022

Vucic’s media domination ‘hard to catch up’ in Serbia election campaign

Serbia's President Aleksandar Vučić and his ruling SNS party are set to win another mandate in the presidential and parliamentary elections due on 3 April, even though the opposition is mounting the most serious challenge to his rule since 2014.
Enlargement 04-02-2022

Serbia’s green activists rally against lithium mining

Hundreds of Serbian environmental activists on Thursday (3 February) blocked Belgrade's city centre, demanding a ban on all lithium and borates mining and exploration in the Balkan country.
Enlargement 28-01-2022

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic accused of ‘bribing voters’

The president of the 'Black and White' (Crno na Belo) movement in Serbia, law professor Vladimir Vuletić, said he would file criminal charges against Serbia's President Aleksandar Vučić, for what he described as "bribing voters" ahead of the 3 April elections.
Politics 17-01-2022

Belgrade to receive Djokovic as a hero after deportation from Australia

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic flew out of Australia on Sunday (16 January) after a court upheld the government's decision to cancel his visa, capping days of drama over the country's COVID-19 entry rules and his unvaccinated status.
Enlargement 20-12-2021

Vucic backs down on Rio Tinto project under pressure from civil society

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has halted a controversial lithium mining project with British-Australian company Rio Tinto, following national protests throughout the country during November and December. But protesters have vowed to continue the fight.
Enlargement 09-12-2021

Lukashenko: ‘I talk to Putin about Serbia almost every time we speak’

Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko says that he discusses the Balkans, and in particular Serbia, at most meetings with the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Enlargement 25-11-2021

Serbian activists rally against laws on expropriation and referendum

About 2,000 protesters rallied in Belgrade on Wednesday (24 November) over the planned adoption of laws on expropriation and a referendum they say is designed by the government to help investors speed up their mining projects in Serbia.
Enlargement 16-11-2021

Commission compromising Rule of Law standards in the interest of Orban-Vucic axis

The last European Commission report on Serbia is a blatant example how the rule of law standards can be compromised under a Commissioner representing Viktor Orbán’s ideology, writes Viola von Cramon-Taubadel.
11-11-2021

Analyst: Aleksandar Vucic is a Jekyll and Hyde character

Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic has two personas. The pro-Western, Dr Jekyll side remains reserved for Brussels, EU capitals, and Washington, while citizens in the country get Mr Hyde, who is slowly transforming Serbia into a postmodern Weimar Republic, Srdjan Cvijić told EURACTIV in an interview.