Tirana, April 14, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
A survey conducted by the Albanian Institute for International Studies and funded by the German foundation “Friedrich Ebert” in Albania, shows that a part of the Albanian population fears the “Greek threat”.
The survey conducted with 1200 Albanian respondents asked a number of questions mainly relating to relations between Albania and Greece.
Alba Cela, head of the survey “Albanian-Greek relations seen with the eyes of the Albanian public”, says that the survey was prepared last month. The survey saw the participation of 600 male and 600 female respondents from different areas of Albania.
Respondents have been asked different questions relating to the behavior of the two countries, stressing the relations between the two governments and those between the citizens.
According to the Survey, Greece is still perceived the most mistrusted country by Albanians.
The survey funded by the German foundation “Friedrich Ebert” shows that the majority of Albanians, 4.4%, believe that no country is a threat for Albania, but 39.5% of them believe that there are countries which still pose a threat. On top of this supposed threat is Greece with 18.5%, thus becoming the country “feared” the most by Albanians.
After Greece is Serbia, where 17.2% of respondents believe that this country poses a threat for Albania. The “danger” list continues with FYR Macedonia with 1.9%. meanwhile, 14.1% of Albanians say that they have no idea if there’s a country that poses a threat for Albanai.
39.5% of Albanians reply with a “yes” to the question if they believe that there’s a country which poses a threat to Albania and when they’re asked to provide details, 18.5% of them believe that Greece is this country.
The majority of Albanians believe that relations between the two countries are normal, contrary to the mutual declarations coming from officials from both countries, where relations are considered to be very good.
According to the survey, 6% of Albanians believe that relations between the two states are very good.
The belief that relations between the two governments are that good is even lower.
Only 5% of Albanians believe that these relations are very good.
It seems that the mistrust for good relations or very good relations has also had an impact on the relations between citizens from both countries. 6% of Albanians believe that communication or interaction between citizens of both countries are very good and 41% believe that they’re normal.
According to the survey, 44% of Albanians believe that economic relations between Albania and Greece are normal, while 35% consider them very good and 6% consider them very bad.
Relations between the two countries
Leaders from both countries consider the relations between Albania and Greece as very good, but the survey shows that Albanians do not share the same opinion. Asked about the relations between the two states, 45% of Albanians believe that they are normal, 22% believe that these relations are bad, 5% believe that they are very bad.
Asked about the relations between the two governments, 52% believe that they’re normal, 12% believe that they’re bad and 3% believe that they’re very bad. Meanwhile, 25% of Albanians believe that these relations are good and 5% believe that they are very good.
This climate of distrust between the two states has also affected citizens between the two countries. Asked about relations between Albanians and Greeks, 41% believe that they’re normal, 24% believe that they are good and 23% believe that they’re bad. Meanwhile, 6% believe that they are very good and 5% believe that they are very bad. /ibna/