Survey shows Croatia seen as Serbia's enemy no. 1

Croatia is Serbia's enemy number one, according to the findings of a survey published on Thursday which show that a majority of young Serbs are for stopping accession to the European Union, while two-thirds of older respondents support European integration.

The survey, conducted by the Institute of European Affairs, shows that Croatia is seen as Serbia's enemy number one by 19.7% of respondents, the US by 18.1%, and Albania by 12.2%.

Russia is seen as a friend of Serbia by 41.3% of respondents, Greece by 12% and China by 9.6%.

The survey shows that a majority of Serbs is for European integration and that 53% believe that, despite Great Britain's decision to leave the EU, Serbia should stick to the EU accession policy.

Fifty-one percent of those aged 18-29 is for stopping EU integration, while 43% believe the integration should continue, Beta news agency said, quoting political expert Tibor Moldvai of the Institute of European Affairs.

His colleague Naim Leo Berisi said young respondents from rural areas and those without a higher education had more controversial views than the rest of the population. He said the position on Kosovo "is very strong" and that NATO membership was more supported by women, those living in Vojvodina province and those older than 60.

Eighty-two percent of respondents are against Serbia's NATO membership, 12% are for it, and 44% feel that one of the conditions for Serbia to join the EU is that it should also join NATO, according to the survey.

The survey was conducted from June 28 to July 6, covering 1,007 adult respondents.

Last update: Thu, 28/07/2016 - 22:10

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