Only 41 percent of Czechs described their country’s EU membership as a good thing, in Slovakia 57 percent expressed the same opinion, in Hungary 59 percent and in Poland up to 68 percent of the population. “The Czech public also emerges from the public image of Visegrad with a high share of frankly negative opinions about EU membership – nearly 30 percent of respondents consider this a bad thing,” the study authors said.
V4 countries also differ in their attitudes toward the United States and Russia. The US has the highest confidence among the population in Poland, while Slovakia ended up on the other side of the scale. On the contrary, the Slovaks view Russia as the best and worst of the Poles. The survey confirmed the high mutual trust between Czechs and Slovaks.
Most of the population of the mentioned countries described the V4 group as important and identified economy and trade as the most important areas of regional cooperation. According to the Czechs, other priorities should be cooperation in the field of security and defense, and the Slovaks and Poles see the possibility of developing tourism.
The survey was conducted on a representative sample of the population in the four Central European countries this spring, when the second strong wave of coronavirus infections reached its peak in the region. The best assessment of their government’s performance in managing the COVID-19 pandemic has been by the people of Hungary. The Slovaks issued the worst testimony to their government, that of Prime Minister Igor Matovic, who resigned as Prime Minister after the crisis in the coalition. At the beginning of April, Matovic’s colleague from the Movement of Ordinary Persons and Independent Personalities, Eduard Heger, became the new Slovak Prime Minister.
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