A study produced by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) thinktank showed that Slovaks valued US military protection but they see no further need for it after the end of the Cold War, daily Sme wrote.
Slovaks also oppose further increases in the state's expenditures on the defence sector.
Rather than worrying about their safety, Slovaks fear decreasing living standards, poverty, inadequate health care services, corruption, and crime.
Less than 53 percent of Slovaks trust US citizens, as many as 88 percent trust the Czechs.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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23. Oct 2003 at 11:51