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Today, only a third of readers would be in favor of joining the EU. The weak defense of the interests of the Czech Republic is also annoying

These days we are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the entry of the Czech Republic into the European Union. In this context, Deník asked its readers about their relationship with the EU. In this article, we present the first part of the results of our large European poll, which involved almost 6,800 readers.

Flags of the Czech Republic and the European Union.

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While in 2003, roughly every second participant in the Deník poll voted for the accession of the Czech Republic to the EU, today it would be one in three. On the contrary, the camp of opponents recorded an increase, a fifth of respondents voted for entry twenty years ago, but would be against it today. He has more support European Union among young people, of those who could not vote yet in 2003, today more than half would be in favor of joining the EU.

Society’s ideas of what membership in the European Union will mean for it have changed over time. “We entered the EU with great expectations and illusions, some, on the other hand, saw it black, as the complete end of Czech sovereignty, statehood and politics. And over time it turned out that it is classically somewhere in the middle,” comments political scientist Jan Kubáček.


What did 20 years in the European Union give the Czech Republic?  Answer in the Journal's questionnaire

POLL: 39 percent of readers consider joining the EU a mistake. What do you think?

Almost half of the respondents support Czech membership in the EU and think that the advantages in this case are more important than the disadvantages. Another 17 percent think that joining was a mistake, but leaving the EU would no longer make sense, forty percent of respondents said that joining the Union was a mistake and we should leave it. Younger people, as well as people who participate in elections regularly, are once again shown to be significantly larger supporters of the EU.

Dissatisfaction prevails in the case of representing the Czech Republic in European issues. “Almost three-quarters of readers think that Czech politicians do not sufficiently defend the interests of the Czech Republic in European institutions. Here, too, their share is significantly higher among people who have never participated in European elections or participate in them irregularly,” he points out Roman Gallo, editor-in-chief of Denik.

Other countries are also interested in joining the EU, nine of them currently have the status of an EU candidate country, and the tenth, Kosovo, is a potential candidate country. Montenegro and Ukraine have the most reader support in becoming new members, where a quarter of readers would like to see in the EU. Turkey, which has had candidate status for 25 years, and Kosovo have the least support. But half of the readers believe that the EU should no longer expand. Deník’s readers also have a negative attitude to the topic of a possible joint European army, six out of ten would not want it.

Diary poll it took place between March 27 and April 28 and a total of 6,761 readers participated. Among them, men and people aged 50-69 years predominated. 43 percent of those who answered the survey have a high school diploma and 36 percent have a university degree.

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