Europe is often accused of many ills and failures: Failure to reform, lack of common global policy, lack of innovation, lack of sympathy with refugees, lack of solidarity with its member countries in financial difficulties, lack of leadership and all sorts of other shortages of character and policy.
The major critics of Europe, nevertheless, are the Europeans themselves. It has become a European sport to bash Europe, shoot ourselves in the foot and hit ourselves in the head, particularly when comparing ourselves with Asia and the U.S.. Europe is sorry for itself and almost apologetic about it. This is ridiculous and unfair and it will not help the continent in any way. While self-criticism is often a valid tool for improvement, constant self-destruction is certainly not.