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Anti-EU trend turning around in Croatia – While neighbours grow increasingly sceptical of the European Union

Sonnenschein, Jan (2011) Anti-EU trend turning around in Croatia – While neighbours grow increasingly sceptical of the European Union. International Affairs at LSE (20 Dec 2011). Website.

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Abstract

While the European Union is being rocked by the crisis of the euro, it seems to be losing its status of the ‘promised land’ in some Western Balkan countries. From mid-2010 to mid-2011, support for joining the EU eroded significantly in Montenegro, Bosnia, and Serbia. While in 2010 73% of Montenegrins and 69% of Bosnians thought their country’s membership of the European Union would be a good thing, a year later these shares had dropped by fifteen and thirteen percentage points, respectively (to 58% and 56%). Meanwhile in Serbia, the share of those believing that joining the EU would be a good thing for the country dropped from 44% in 2010 to 36% in 2011 (down 8 percentage points) – thereby reaching the lowest support for EU membership ever measured in Serbia since the Gallup Balkan Monitor started surveying the region in 2006; back in 2006 a clear majority of Serbs (61%) believed that joining the EU would be positive. In contrast, Croatia and Albania have seen a small increase in the number of respondents believing that their country’s EU membership would be beneficial (from 25% to 30% in the case of the former and from 81% to 87% in the case of the latter).

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ideas/
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author(s)
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE IDEAS
Collections > International Affairs at LSE Blog
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 12:16
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2021 23:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/81926

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