The so-called ‘yellow vest’ protests against rising fuel prices and a planned fuel tax in France, which started on November 17, 2018, not only took France by storm but also resonated in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. The yellow vests – high-visibility jackets, which French protesters adopted as a symbol – gradually spread into other countries a symbol of anti-Western agenda and anti-establishment.
A new poll by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research of Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), North Macedonia and Serbia reflects a broad consensus that these countries belong to neither the West nor the East. Despite this attitude, the survey suggests that opportunities for engagement by Western institutions exist across the region. Check out our new interactive data dashboard here for customized insights into the poll.