Aleksandar Vucic: Serbia's hardline hawk turned friend of West

Aleksandar Vucic, who according to an estimate by pollsters was elected president of Serbia on Sunday, has undergone a remarkable political transformation from ultra-nationalist to pro-European liberal. Once banned from entering the European Union during the 1990s Balkan wars, when he was a close ally of Slobodan Milosevic, the tall 47-year-old is now spearheading Serbia’s efforts to join the EU after a dramatic switch away from nationalism. In 2009, Vucic appeared on Serbia’s version of the hit TV show “Dancing With The Stars” — and he has had to be nimble on his feet in his relations with the EU on one side, and traditional ally Russia on the other.

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