Which CEE countries favour a neutral position between West and East?
Who is the biggest Eurosceptic and which countries are the satisfied with thier EU membership?
Would Central European countries honour their Article 5 obligation and defend their NATO allies in case of an attack?
How do people in this region perceive world political leaders such as Donald Trump, Angela Merkel or Vladimir Putin?
Would they support a strong authoritarian leader over liberal democracy?
Answers to these questions and much more is included in the latest comprehensive analysis of public opinion surveys in 7 Central and Eastern European Countries - GLOBSEC Trends 2017. Comparison of the results from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia provides an overview of common trends but also regional differences and vulnerabilities present in the societies of this region.
The main conclusion of the analysis of the trends and attitudes in the CEE region is that despite their diversity and many differences, the great majority of people in the CEE region share the same priorities as their EU counterparts and NATO allies. They regard both institutional frameworks to be anchors in a stormy sea of uncertainty and support the membership of their countries in both institutions. People of this region are overwhelmingly democrats and reject authoritarian leaders. Yet, at the same time there seems to be a growing disillusionment with the political elites which correlates with an increasing desire for more direct control over the course of their countries. It remains to be seen whether the “wind of change” blowing in the CEE would transform its political realities or would rather support the populist and radical forces trying to undermine the current.