Public opinion and Macedonia’s accession to the European Union (2004-2014)

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Therefore, this research intends to fill in this gap through a preliminary analyses of the public support for the European integration process in Macedonia in the period 2004-2014. In this context, this analyses pursues two particular goals. The first one is to define the general trends of the public support for Macedonian membership in the EU and to de-construct its dynamics. The second goal is to define the most important determinants of the support for the process of European integration, i.e. to detect the key factors that affect the formation of public attitudes related to this issue.

Accordingly, this study detects a correlation between the dynamics of the support for EU membership and the development of the Macedonian EU accession process that is manifested in two indicative periods: the period from 2004 to 2009 as a period of consistent and particularly high levels of support; and the period from 2010 to 2014 as a period that marks an incremental fall of the public support for the European integration process.

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