August 1, 2017  |  Updated June 29, 2018

GLOBSEC Trends 2017: Mixed messages and Signs of Hope from Central and Eastern Europe

By Daniel Milo and Katarína Klingová

Which CEE countries favour a neutral position between West and East? Who is the biggest Eurosceptic and which countries are the satisfied with their 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 outcomes and findings of this report, which aimed to map the effects of the foreign subversive efforts on public perception and societal moods, are based on public opinion surveys commissioned by the GLOBSEC Policy Institute. Public opinion surveys were carried out in the form of personal interviews using stratified multistage random sampling from February to April 2017 on a representative sample of the population in seven EU and NATO member states: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. For all countries, the profiles of the respondents are representative of the country by sex, age, education, place of residence and size of settlement. “Do not know“ responses were not included in data visualizations.

This publication and research was supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.

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