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Fully 81 percent of people in the Visegrad Four (V4) countries are dissatisfied with the way Brussels is handling the migration issue, a comprehensive survey released by the Nézőpont research institute on Thursday shows.

The institute conducted a representative survey by asking 1,000 adults aged over 18 about topical political and economic issues involving the V4 grouping by phone between June 25 and July 15.

Outlining the survey’s findings, the institute’s research director told a press conference in Budapest that

73 percent of respondents in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia rejected the EU’s mandatory migrant resettlement quota scheme.

A same proportion supported Hungary’s measure of erecting and maintaining a fence along its southern [EU Schengen] border, Dániel Nagy said.

Asked about “a divide between western and eastern Europe”, 75 percent of respondents expressed the opinion that western Europe “treats” the V4 countries unevenly and considers their citizens “second-rate,” he said.

Asked about the upcoming federal elections in Germany, the majority of respondents stated support to Angela Merkel

ahead of her contender running for chancellor, Martin Schulz. The only exception was the Czech Republic where Schulz, the candidate of the Social Democrats, was preferred, Nagy said.

A majority of Czech, Hungarian and Polish respondents opposed the idea of introducing the euro

while the Slovaks, who have already taken that step, were satisfied with the common European currency, the survey showed.

Source: MTI

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