The Grass is Always Greener …: Mass Attitudes toward the European Union in the Czech and Slovak Republics
In 1989, it seemed to be the wish of all the people in East Central Europe to “return to Europe”. People in the Czech and Slovak Republics were no different at that time. Since then European Union membership has been on top of the foreign policy agenda of all successive governments in both countries. Public opinion showed consistent support for EU membership in the two republics. Between 1994 and 1998, under the third Meciar government, Slovakia experienced difficulties on its path toward EU membership, as the country was temporarily excluded from the accession negotiations on the basis of alleged shortcomings in its democracy. However, after the change of government in 1998, Slovakia caught up again with the other front-runners of accession, and the country was, together with the Czech Republic and eight other countries, invited to join the EU at the Copenhagen summit of December 2002.
KeywordsCzech Republic Slovak Republic Mass Level Candidate Country Average Support
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