What Do Europeans Think About American Life? | NYT Opinion

What Do Europeans Think About American Life? | NYT Opinion


[MUSIC PLAYING] “I love American optimism.” “They have a
pretty nice flag.” “Are you joking?” – [GASPS] “What?” “That is actually shocking.” “That’s nothing you would
ever see in Britain. That would cause,
you know, riots.” In the U.S., a large drink
in McDonald’s is 77% bigger than in Europe. That’s disgusting.” “Wow.” “Wah. [CHUCKLES] “It’s diabetes to go.” “Many common U.S.
food ingredients are banned in the E.U. Whoa.” “Adzo — what.” “Azodicarbon–” “Azodicar — — bonamide?” “Banned in Europe because
it may cause cancer.” “Mm, cancer brownies.” [MUSIC PLAYING] “It’s so cute.” “We have a baby.” “Yes.” “How long do you get
for parental leave in your country?” “The mother gets 410 days.” “The fathers as well. There’s a paternal
leave that is, I think, it’s about nine weeks.” “O.K., the number of
paid days of maternity leave guaranteed
by law in the U.S. Let’s see.” [NEEDLE SCRATCH] “Wow.” “It’s nothing.” “Oh, my.” “Like, I was right. It’s literally like,
you want to have a kid? Well, you’re on your own now.” “Well, you
de-incentivize people from having kids like that.” “You de-incentivize poor
people from having kids, because if you’re rich,
you can obviously — afford it.” “Yeah.” [MUSIC PLAYING] “You are graduated.” “Oh, thank you.” “These are the annual fees
at major U.S. universities.” “Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, M.I.T., $51,832.” “For a year?” “A year?” “I mean, honestly,
that is a bit disgusting from a
first-world nation.” “I mean, I pay 18
euros per semester.” “Yeah.” “In Denmark, it’s free.” [CHUCKLES] [MUSIC PLAYING] [SIREN] “A woman’s leg got stuck in
the gap between the train and the platform. She begged no one
call an ambulance. It’s $3,000, she wailed. I can’t afford that.” “Coming from the
Bulgaria, which is the poorest
E.U. member state, I’ve never heard about this.” “In 2015, medical bills
led to 1 million adults declaring bankruptcy.” – [SIGHS] “My dad is diabetic. And he gets really
good care in Belgium. And we don’t pay
a penny to it. It’s completely free.” “But what surprises me is
that people are not rioting on the streets, to be honest.” “I know.” “Oh, my god.” “That conversation.” “This is a toy AR-15.” “An AR-15-style rifle was
used in the San Bernardino shooting that
killed 14 people.” “The Orlando nightclub
shooting that killed 49 people.” “In the 2017 Las
Vegas shooting that killed 58 people. Hm.” “Mm.” “Washington, D.C.,
actually banned handguns. But the ban was
overturned in 2008 by the U.S. Supreme Court.” “Whoa, overturned. So somebody had the —” “Somebody thought, yes —” ” — common sense to ban this. And then they were
like, do you know what? No.” “No, we need guns.” [MUSIC PLAYING] “Americans are incredibly
friendly and hospitable.” “I wish we could be that
sort of happy and optimistic about the future.” “And the influence has been
huge, like, and still today.” “Whether it’s food, or music,
or fashion, or art, film.” “The younger
generation in America has definitely given
me hope about —” “Yeah.” ” — the future of America.” “And everyone secretly
has an American dream. So–” “Yeah.” “I mean, you know, we
can still all resubscribe to that.” “In Germany, we
don’t wave flags.”

100 Comments on "What Do Europeans Think About American Life? | NYT Opinion"


  1. I am not surprised at all. Americans are fat and dump. Sorry I don’t mind to offend anyone it’s just the conception I developed about them feom life experiences.

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  2. I got into a car accident and made the mistake of riding the ambulance to the hospital.. NEVER AGAIN. I think we can all agree the US isn’t as great as it’s made out to be.

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  3. In Canada we are very similar to most European countries in most ways. BUT, we have expensive university tuition. No, NOTHING like the U.S. I pay around $7300 a year to go to Canada’s #3 university. In comparison to the U.S., that’s very affordable tuition. But it’s still pricey but non-U.K. European standards. We have fantastic parental leave though. 12-18 months, paid, for moms or dads. They can even share it if the dad wants paid time off with his baby. Moms have mandatory 14 (?) completely paid maternity leave and then if they wish, they can extend it to 12-18 months (also paid.) and, of course, we have universal healthcare. My father has had a rare, non deadly form of leukaemia for nearly a decade now. It costs him $0 a month to get treatment. Thanks to Canada’s amazing healthcare system, he is doing amazing. Sadly there is no cure for his strain of leukaemia and there has never been a case in history of it curing itself (some cancer goes away on its own.) But with the right healthcare, people can live a long and healthy life. My dad jokes that “it’s one of the best kinds of cancer to get.”

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  4. For anyone who is confused about the American healthcare system, I recommend reading "An American Sickness" by Elizabeth Rosenthal. It gives a really firm understanding and explanation of what has happened to cause the current healthcare system to be as convoluted and corrupted as it is today. I worked in the medical field for a brief period of time and realized the costs of basic and advanced services is totally out of control. Instead of just leaving snarky comments, educate yourself on the topic.

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  5. And yet there is only one country that people flock to… because it is OPPORTUNITY! Sorry some of you would rather find ways to bash us.

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  6. I wish Americans move their butt, check outside world, experience life in other countries and realize what they think of America is no longer there.

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  7. The amount of misinformation in this video is shocking. All I hear is people describe a social program paid through taxes as free.

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  8. Of course they had to get anti gun Europeans into the video because it’s “common sense” to ban guns

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  9. This video has a terribly poor representation of American life as it only explores the subjectively negative aspects. This is the kind of content made to destroy people’s hope in humanity. Really bad video…

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  10. Dude it surprises me we’re not rioting on the streets too but most people don’t realize how bad we have it compared to other first world nations. Europeans pay only slightly more taxes than we do and gets so many more benefits that adds to the quality of life…..

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  11. I’ve lived in Europe for almost a year and a half(Germany, Poland) trust me when I say coming back to the US there are some backwards things that need fixing.

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  12. The huge difference between capitalism and organic solidarity socialism. Don’t forget the ethnocentricism the U.S has breed.

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  13. Bulgaria is the poorest EU member and even they have free ambulance service, why aren't American politicians, with the exception of Bernie, embarrassed about this?

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  14. In Lithuania if our grades are good we can study in uni for free and if they arent that good we might have to pay up to 2000 euros per year (no textbooks needed). And heathcare is practicaly free (or very cheap)

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  15. America isn’t perfect, but it’s still the best country in the world. Those who feel otherwise are free to leave.

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  16. It's our constitutional right to bear arms and you can get scholarships for school and help with your medical Bills. I love being American, I think we get a bad rap.

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  17. By free they mean paid with taxes which is still okayish. If we take education, for example, it costs 2000 to 16000 euros per student per year depending on the country because nordic countries have vastly different living standards when compared to countries such as Bulgaria or Romania.

    This is still much much lower if you compare it to the US. Basically in Europe, the total education of let's say on average four years would cost as much or less than one year in the USA which is kinda ridiculous even though the universities in the USA are better ranked.

    So yeah the price of education in the USA is hugely inflated. I heard it has something to do with government-backed loans to students, but whatever the problem is, steps should be taken to resolve it.

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  18. Things like college and healthcare are cheaper in the eu because they pay a lot more in taxes in Denmark there is a 200% tax on gas card and the family I stayed with there had 1 for 7 of them because it costs them about $180,000 USD for something we would pay $30,000 for

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  19. I love how they're laughing about how they have free college yet don't say that they have to pay for it in their taxes

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  20. This video is eye-opening and great for seeing how other people view Americans. The only thing that doesn’t make sense to me is how an obese European is astonished at our serving sizes. Am I the only one who notices that?

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  21. I mean if you're "poor" why you having kids tho 🤦‍♂️ pretty sure having kids you can't afford is a big issue

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  22. I was offered the chance to go to America for University and I decided against it for these reasons:

    Healthcare and pricing – I was in America for two months and I felt so anxious the whole time that I would break my arm or get ill.

    (We don’t normally even think about having to pay after breaking my arm, a breast infection, internal bleeding in leg, and a degloving injury – all happening within 18 months) and I’ve been seen to and fixed without worrying the bank at all or having to take up an (admittedly illegal – I’m too young to work legally) job.

    My brother who lives in the US (and has heath insurance) still had to pay $4k after breaking his arm and pays double the price for attending a US uni than for an English one of the same level.

    A friend of mine’s husband is quite sickly and the chances that he would need some quite expensive pills to combat his illness were high. These pills (I have forgotten their name) were about (these figures are extremely approximated) $42,000 in the US but they were only $4,000 in Colombia for the same thing. This disgusts me.

    Tax and law – the tax thing straight up confuses me (ngl) as well as the general fear of school shootings – when I saw Americans reacting to the news of 3 separate shootings, they were devastated but certainly not surprised, which saddened me.

    Not to mention the laws on the keeping and treatment of animal (mind you I’m not the biggest activist for this but it still startles me how little of American animal produce is organic, free-range or treated decently).

    Also the political and cultural environment seemed very strained between races, political groups and generations, which whilst all countries have this to some extent, it was oddly apparent in day-to-day US life, slightly disguised underneath this attempt at ignoring it and smile to bear through it.

    America also seems very “in its own bubble” as in if you turn on the news it’s (somewhat understandably, given the size and importance of the nation) very closed off from anything but the US and its politics (which is gratingly more augmentative with the endless passionate shouting instead of the usual passive aggressive (at most) European style debate). It was all shocking to me.

    I will say that the US seems a culturally amazing nation, not to mention stunning. It’s people seem fiercely patriotic, something I found initially quite creepy but have grown to envy when reflecting on how often I see the Union Jack or the English flag around London (barely), not to mention the majority of the people are so intelligent (despite what the media likes to often portray them as) as well as kind and accommodating (and patient for a stupid foreigner like me) thank you USA!

    That was a long rant sorry guys, and it’s not really meant to be read, only to write down my thoughts.

    But if this is read, Please, please correct me if I’m wrong about any of this, especially if you are an American or have lived there as that would be great to see your POV.

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  23. Asking a few people isn't speaking for all of europe. So this is pure meaningless. More people move to america than any other country on earth. So,, there's a reason for that.

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  24. Crazy how every other slightly developed country has education and healthcare figured out. Not us though 🙃

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  25. I view Americans as ignorant above all, the rest of the world is constantly being fed American culture, but Americans seem to know very little about the rear of the world. I’ve known Americans who think that people in New Zealand walk around in grass skirts and don’t have internet access.

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  26. I am disgusted by the lack of details NY times put forth about the D.C. v. Heller case they referenced while talking about guns.

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  27. In the Caribbean everyone want to go to America for university but I keep telling them it’s ridiculously expensive even for locals and they’re gonna leave in piles of debt

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  28. I didn't know about some things. It is impressive that the US is the largest economy in the world and yet doesn't offer citizens a good quality of life.

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  29. The Europeans were silent once they brought the guns out because they don’t have words to describe Americans feelings towards guns. But it’s easy to bring up the negative aspects of American society but there’s a lot of very positive aspects that we have that Europe doesn’t have

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  30. 2:00 they use M.I.T. one of the most expensive colleges in America as it's cost of college in the US, why not the average or the cost of public colleges?

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  31. I mean did they forget in NY we only pay about 30% on taxes in the UK they pay about 70% I mean it’s like people forget we don’t get free tuition and free healthcare because we pay less taxes

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  32. Who else hates that uk people think they are way better than us but they try to be like us soo bad

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  33. There are people rioting on the streets. There was people blocking traffic because they were rioting on the streets

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  34. I'm russian and i graduated from one of the best university in our country. I didn't pay for my education at all. And it's frightening how Americans have to pay a huuuuge debt for years if they want to have a high education…

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  35. „common sense to ban this”
    My gosh…. until this moment the clip was logical and inspiring to watch and then PROPAGANDA STRIKES…

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  36. I recently went to France. It was beautiful. But people didn’t smile or laugh much. I talked to a cab driver that was shocked we could change our financial situation in 4 years and go from broke to thriving. Optimism isn’t really a thing there. The customer service is basically non existent. Going out to eat you have to beg for more water and you better not ask for anything special. Ice in a drink ain’t gonna happen, don’t try. Also you better eat during the right times because restaurants only open certain times of the day. Americans work a lot more so our stores and restaurants are open more hours. I love that they talk about cancer agents in our food. Because they smoke like chimneys. I have never smelled so much smoke in my life. And let’s not talk about the urinating in public. Theft is so bad you have to always be on guard, made me nervous the whole time. But on the bright side the architecture and art are second to none. We found some fabulous people mixed in with all the grumpy people that don’t love Americans. And I have no idea how French people are so skinny, because let’s talk about pastries. Pastry in France is an art form. I did think it was weird that many kids are sent off to boarding school for high school. I also didn’t see many kids in public. Even though France has the highest birth rate. At the end of the day we have very different lives. Not one better than the other. And I think we can learn from each other and celebrate our differences. All are alike unto God.

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