Taken as a collection of countries Europe is a wonderful place, however the EU is a disgrace. As a union it is more akin to the old Soviet Union than the US. The country with the highest standard of living in Europe is Switzerland which also happens to have never joined the EU. That is not a coincidence. If anyone is interested in knowing more there is a video on youtube called Brexit the movie going into the details of the antidemocratic bureaucratic wet dream that is the EU.