Living in France, near the german border.
France is one of the most productive country in the world. Sure the legal working time per week is 35 hours. Howerver, the majority work 40 hours, 60 in my field (whithout more remunaration). We are very productive, and think that we are wealthy enough to substain our way of living. Education and health are great. I just dont understand how the governement can spend so much money to help people who are unemployed (people who doesnt want to work). I'm unemployed atm, as Im moving to Oz soon, but I earn more from gouvernment income (25% more) than when I used to work. We should spend money to help people to create company (had to close mine 2 months ago, because of the tax increase), and give our money to companies, not individual, that apprently help the global consumption... well, I dont think it work, because Europe doesnt protect euro-firms, and we buy goods from the exterior, and help to creat job overseas, not in-situ.I used to work in Germany, merdeces factory, on my summer job, back in 2006. SUre germany has a strong econmy, as long as other euorpean still buy german goods (cars,...)For the 2 last months, germany start to be shaky, and it's just the start. the way of living in Germany is very low compare to France. People cross the (virtual) border every day , me as well. healthcare and retirement are peanuts in Germany. they have sometime better salaries, but if you take in look with a global point of view, germany is struggling, and gonna fail, if merkel and or incompetent french president cant make commun decisions.
Last thing, the new transaltantic open market is on the way. WIll bring some wealth, but will also destroy lots of jobs, and industry in Europe, but in the US as well. Germany and France should have stay together, and not extending the Eurozone ( Croatia just join last month), bigger isnt stronger for me. The whole economy system should have been change, instead, we just put some urgent plaster on.