17:48 GMT +317 July 2019
Listen Live
    EU flags

    Serbians Losing Faith in EU: The Closer to Brussels, the Lower Aspiration

    © AP Photo / Virginia Mayo
    Europe
    Get short URL
    4164

    The support for Euro integration among Serbian residents has declined dramatically over the last decade, according to a recent poll published by the Serbian information agency Tanjug.

    Ten years ago, two thirds of the Serbian population firmly believed that Serbia should join the European bloc.

    Nearly 42 percent of the respondents said they would like their country to join the EU, while 36 percent are strictly against. Twenty-two percent of the respondents said they had no clear opinion on the issue, the poll revealed.

    During a press conference, political analyst Dejan Vuk Stankovic described the decline in support for EU integration in Serbia as "dramatic".

    According to him, the common European trend is currently on the rise in the country – the closer a country is to Brussels the lower the aspiration for the integration is.

    However, the poll revealed that support is still high for the pro-EU Serbian Progressive Party, headed by President Tomislav Nikolic. Some 51 percent of the respondents said they are ready to give their votes to the party. The Socialist Party of Serbia came second with nine percent, and the Democratic Party was third (seven percent). The Eurosceptic Serbian Radical Party received only 5.8 percent of votes.

    Related:

    To Brexit or Not to Brexit? UK Agrees to Soften EU Exit Referendum Question
    EU Integration Policy Leaves No Room for Democracy – German Politician
    Serbia Interested in Turkish Stream, Waiting for Russia, EU to Get Along
    Serbia Has No Plans to Join EU Anti-Russia Sanctions – Ambassador
    Tags:
    integration, poll, European Union, Serbia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik