The Europeans call Ukraine a part of Europe, but according to them, corruption is the main thing that is on the way of its entry into the EU. These results were showed by a poll conducted by TNS commissioned by the World Policy Institute in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Britain and Poland. The results of the sociological research were presented by spokesman Alyona Hetmanchuk, Joinfo.ua reports.
Thus, 35% of respondents believe that for accession to the EU, Ukraine needs to fight corruption, while another 25% of respondents believe that the Ukrainian authorities have to get rid of oligarchs.
Only 14% of Europeans believe that in the process of Ukraine's European integration, Russia's opinion should be taken into account, while 10% oppose EU enlargement at all.
The Britons appeared to be the most indifferent Europeans in relation to Ukraine and the most skeptical ones were the French.
One of the arguments in favor of Ukraine's accession to the EU is its geographical location in Europe (31%). Another argument is the need to protect Ukraine from the new Russian assault (30%). 15% of respondents believe that Ukraine's accession to the EU will increase the zone of stability in Europe. And only 1% of respondents believe that Ukraine should not integrate into the EU.
So far, the Europeans have negative associations with Ukraine: war (46%), Russia (18%) and poverty (9%). Among positive associations are Kyiv (8%), Eastern Europe (5%), energy (4%), football (3%), the Orange Revolution (3%). In addition, only 3% of Europeans mentioned beautiful Ukrainian women as a positive association.
During the poll there were interviewed more than 5,500 people from the European Union countries.