Comment 01 Aug 17

Might Vucic Become Serbia’s de Gaulle on Kosovo?

The Serbian President’s recent words on Kosovo invite intriguing comparisons with those of another nationalist in another time.

Marcus Tanner
BIRN
London
Aleksandar Vucic. Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic’s comment article on Kosovo in the newspaper Blic some days ago has set Balkan watchers talking.

In a signed article, the most powerful man in Belgrade said it was high time the people “stopped putting their heads in the sand” on Kosovo and “got real”.

Serbs and Albanians both needed to acknowledge the hurt they had caused each other, he added, going on to pay homage to the memory of Israel’s would-be peacemaker with Palestinians, Simon Peres.

In another country, calls to “get real” on the topic of a province that was lost almost two decades ago would not be front-page news. But in the context of Serbian nationalism, this was sit-up-and-take-notice stuff.

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