Sunday Thoughts (III): Germany, Uk, and the EU
Germany seems a european looser. This is a widely shared opinion here in the UK. The political crisis in Germany makes me sad. Unfortunately, it was expected. I amused myself reading comments of people on the BBCwebsite ( have your say). When travelling to Germany, Britons seem to see only the economic crise. They do not see recycling habits, public transports, etc. In Romagna we say "hanno il prosciutto sugli occhi" ("they have ham on their eyes"). They would have so much to learn...sigh...
Reality is: the quality of life in Germany is higher than here. People are better off in Germany than here. Germany is still an economic power (the number of patents per capita is higher than the UK figure). This is probably the reason the crise is still at bay. I cannot figure out the UK economic performance and the neurosis of the Brits in case of an hypothetical "take-over" of an area as big as East Germany- and in the same economic conditions.
It is also interesting to read their opinion on the EU budget issue. I have a suggestion for them:
UK should get out of the EU! At least as long as we (other europeans) are still on time. Instead of rebating, they could use the funds for more urgent and noble causes, such as:
- improve public transport
- a civilization campaign (basic hygiene, how to throw rubbish in rubbish bins, how to spit chewing-gums in the same bins-not on the streets / train seats-THANK YOU!!!) for the british public
- improve recycling
- tackle the problem of youth gangs-not more police, please. Instead: better education, better schools, better food, better opportunities to find a dignified job for their parents as well.