One thing that you take notice of when you live on this continent for too long is that Europeans love to laugh about Americans, especially their political culture. This reached a peak during the Republican primaries last year, when literally all of my continental friends were observing the discourse of that part with shock and awe. And these surprises are actually justified because everyone from Rick Santorum to Ron Paul in these debates were saying the most out-of-the-world bull**************** that everyone with a conscience would find objectionable.
However, it seems that since the Greek crisis begun, the fatal flaws in European politics have been exposed to the entire world. I believe it is correct to assume that the rest of the world is laughing at this continent as it deals with this crisis. You have on one hanh people like Angela Merkel, Jose Manuel Barrosso, and Herman Van Rompuy looking at each other in utter confusion at why the Greek crisis is getting worse as they continue to throw more structural adjustment-attatched bailouts at that country. On the other hand, it is now taken for granted for most of the population that the rest of Europe is somehow "helping" Southern Europe with these packages, which is an absurd superstition that contradicts with the most mainstream news coverage of societies like Spain literally being ripped apart by budget cuts.
It is no coincidence that the European continent has produced, in the past couple of decades, leaders and politicians of the lowest quality in the world. Silvio Berlusconi, Jacque Chirac, Nicola Sarkozy, Barrosso, Jose Luis Zapatero, Mariano Rajoy, George Papanderou, Anders Fogh Rassmussen, Angela Merkel, Gerhard Schroeder, Goran Persson, Alexander Stubb, David Cameron, George Osbourne, and of course, Tony Blair. The list goes on and on of scums of the earth that are in high-ranking political positions in this continent, basically nothing but slaves to big capital. Much of these people should be in jail right now. I can easily name several politicians in the U.S. that are noteworthy, but there are virtually none in Europe.
Don't even get me started on the political superstructure of the EU. It's so elitist and dictatorial, that it makes the United States look like a participatory democracy.
What does America think of this old continent that is falling apart as we speak?