Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Most young people trust the EU

Slovakia has the highest share of young Eurosceptics among the surveyed countries.

(Source: Sme)

Over three-quarters of young people in central and eastern Europe feel positive about membership in the European Union. They consider peace and freedom the main benefits, and they want their countries to stay in the club.

This stems from an online survey carried out by Bertelsmann Foundation on 3,000 young people aged 15-24 living in the Visegrad Group (V4) countries, Germany and Austria between January 30 and February 13.

“Peace and freedom are inseparably linked with the EU, but they cannot be considered a natural thing,” said Aart De Geus, chair of the Bertelsmann Foundation, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

The poll suggests that 77 percent of respondents from all six countries praise EU membership. The highest support is in Germany (87 percent) and Austria (77 percent). Of the V4 countries, the most EU supporters are in Hungary (79 percent), followed by Poland (76 percent), the Czech Republic (73 percent), and Slovakia (70 percent).

Slovakia thus has the highest share of young Eurosceptics: 30 percent, the SITA newswire reported.

Except for peace, the respondents praise the possibility to live and work (66 percent) and study (66 percent) in other EU member states. Young Germans also prefer the European efforts to fight climate change.

Most respondents also want their countries stay in the EU. The highest support is in Germany (77 percent), followed by Austria (71 percent). In the V4, up to 64 percent of young Hungarians want their country to stay in the group, while this possibility is supported by 64 percent of Poles and Slovaks and 60 percent of Czechs.

“Young Europeans don’t want to be influenced by anti-European rhetoric,” De Geus said, as quoted by TASR.

As much as 74 percent of respondents consider Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism the biggest current problem the EU has to face.

In Slovakia, the poll was conducted in cooperation with the non-governmental think tank Institute for Public Affairs.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Topic: European Union


Top stories

People marched for LGBTI rights in Bratislava

Take a look at the Bratislava Rainbow Pride 2018 that took place on Saturday, July 14.

First Slovak LGBTI activist has fought for 40 years

Czechoslovakia was one of the first countries to say homosexuality is not a crime, also thanks to the first activists like Imrich Matyáš.

Imrich Matyáš (r) met with German publicist and lawyer Kurt Hiller (second r) in Ľubochňa in 1935.

Measles might spread further west

Police will assist the vaccination in communities from where the epidemic spread.

This is why I support the Pride march

There is still a lot of work ahead of us in the United States, in Slovakia, and around the world to fight for equal rights for everyone no matter who they are or who they love, writer US Ambassador to Slovakia.

Slovakia's first Gay Pride parade crossed Bratislava's New Bridge on May 22.