Aleksandar Vuçiç, from European leader in 2019 to radical in 2021

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In November 2019, when Albanian PM Edi Rama, Serbian president, Aleksandar Vuçiç, and North Macedonia’s PM, Zoran Zaev agreed to create the Balkans Mini-Schengen, many thought that this would mark a new era of collaborative spirit between a troubled Balkans.

The three leaders called upon other countries to become part of this initiative, which would free up the movement of goods and assets, something that would bring nations closer.

This initiative was refused by Kosovo, because according to them first and foremost, Serbia needs to finally accept their mutual recognition.

The Serbian president, Aleksander Vuçiç used his economic diplomacy and unique relationship with the Albanian PM, Edi Rama in order to show that he was interested in a possible collaboration with Albanians, but this was never reflected in his relationship with Kosovo.

In the midst of accusations and counter-accusations, provocations and counter-reactions, in the midst of an unstable relationship between the EU and the US, as well as other questions that were raised regarding who would lead the dialogue in July 2020, Serbia and Kosovo returned to the roundtable in Brussels and a few months later, in Washington, an agreement was signed in the presence of former-president Donald Trump, which was also considered a possibility towards the final agreement between both countries.

Despite all of this, almost nothing changed in Serbia’s and Vucic’s rhetoric regarding the statehood of Kosovo, but this came to light even more after the win of the presidential elections in the US, by Joe Biden.

Vuçiç, who knows that Kosovo is a closed case, has now found himself in the middle of a rising pressure from the international community to promptly come to a resolution, and the Serbian electorate, to whom he has promised that he will never recognize Kosovo.

In commemoration of March 17th 2004, Vuçiç provoked once again, through a photo published in his personal account, showing the map of Kosovo immersed in the Serbian flag, which he also accompanied by a message, “Serbia today isn’t’ weak, it doesn’t make threats, but it doesn’t forget and won’t allow the repetition of March 17th.”

From a European leader in 2019 to a radical in 2021, Alekandar Vucic is only looking to gain time and to not lose electorate.

 

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