European media is reporting that a new study has concluded Serbia is the Eastern European country most susceptible to Russian and Chinese influence. According to a EUobserver report:
November 23, 2021 A new study by Globsec Policy Institute, a Bratislava-based think-thank focused on international politics and security issues shows that Serbia is the most susceptible to Russian and Chinese influence. “The countries that we assessed are from central, eastern Europe and the western Balkans region. Out of these, the Czech Republic and Romania are the most resilient. The most vulnerable is Serbia”, said Dominika Hajdu, the head of Globsec’s Centre for Democracy & Resilience, and one of the authors of the study.
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The Globsec Vulnerability Index 2021, published in November 2021 and funded by the US State Department, measured vulnerability towards foreign influence in eight Eastern European countries. According to the Globsec country report on Serbia, with a score of 55, Serbia is by far the Eastern European country most vulnerable to Russian and Chinese influence:
Serbia’s significant challenges lie in the four of five dimesnions analyzed in the report. A paramount issue concerns political competition, with the governing Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) ruling since 2012. The parliament has lacked a legitimate opposition since the 2020 election boycott. This development has endangered the country’s democratic plurality. But the dynamic also engenders repercussions on foreign policy, with the government’s pro-Kremlin and pro-Beijing orientation going uncontested. The government’s foreign policy orientation is mirrored in public attitudes. Compared to others in the region, Serbian society is particularly sympathetic towards Russia and China, antagonistic to NATO, and ambivalent about the EU. The public administration’s numerous flaws, including pervasive corruption, state capture, and an information space flooded by propaganda and disinformation, further impede the development of a more democratic and resilient society.
Read the full country report on Serbia here.