Poll: just over 50 percent of Czechs happy with EU membership
Fifty-one percent of Czechs have said they view their country’s membership in the European Union positively, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos, commissioned by the Office of the Czech government. The state secretary for European Affairs, Tomáš Prouza, pointed out in 2012 the number was far lower – just 30 percent. He added that two-thirds of respondents felt the Czech Republic’s image in the EU was much improved compared to three years ago. Former president Václav Klaus, who stepped down in 2013, was a staunch Eurosceptic; some previous centre-right governments also took a tougher EU stance.
According to the Ipsos poll, one-third of Czechs are in favour of greater federalization within the European Union, while around one-third would prefer its dissolution.