by Jerome a Paris
Sun Mar 7th, 2010 at 04:09:09 AM EST
In an explicitly titled story (The Incredible Shrinking Europe), Time magazine gives us in a nice summary of all that's wrong with Europe and Europeans: they talk too much, they have too many different institutions, and they (and more specifically Germany) are unwilling to use their armies to back their (also incoherent) diplomacy. Thus, they are unserious and "underperform" on the word stage.
And of course, there is this:
Workers in Europe usually enjoy long vacations, generous maternity leave and comfortable pension schemes. Universal health insurance is seen as part of the basic social contract. Europe is politically stable, the most generous donor of development aid in the world. Sure, taxes can be high, but most Europeans seem happy to pay more to the state in return for a higher — and guaranteed — quality of life.
Yes, that's the real problem, isn't it? Happy to pay more to the State?