this is what happens when you try to create a rival to the united states, and force differing countries together under one umbrella.
germans are much different to spaniards, like the italians are different to the dutch, and the portuguese are different to the poles, etc, etc. it's not even about politics as much as it is about culture.
northern european countries are simply better at organization and living within their means. from an outsider's perspective, it just seems like the southern europeans are spoiled children who have no sense of money, while the northern europeans are the parents who are trying to keep their kids in-check.
europeans need to break up the e.u. or they need to remove the, "trouble' countries.