Analysis 31 Oct 17

Dacic’s Undiplomatic Antics Cause Anguish in Serbia

The unorthodox pranks and statements of Serbia’s Foreign Minister may appal some in Serbia’s media and civil society – but Serbia’s President is determined to turn a blind eye.

Maja Zivanovic
BIRN
Belgrade

Serbian FM Ivica Dacic taking selfie at the Media Market, October 27. Photo: Beta/Serbian Foreign Ministry/Ognjen Stevanovic

The unorthodox pranks and statements of Serbia’s Foreign Minister may appal some in Serbia’s media and civil society – but Serbia’s President is determined to turn a blind eye.

Ivica Dacic, Serbian Foreign Minister and head of the Socialist Party of Serbia, a junior coalition partner of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, has been present on the national stage for almost three decades.

Over much of this time, his unorthodox antics and statements have caused public debate.

The latest such discussion followed his singing performance during an official dinner held in Belgrade on October 10 for the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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