Dale Franks at the Q and O Blog has the answer, just click on the title for the article.
What was once Western Europe (which was once a model of hard work and full of innovation), has been forced to absorb the lazy, government dependent crowd, that was once Eastern Europe. These socialists have not adopted the ways of the west, rather they have contaminated the thought processes of those that were once innovative pioneers, in capitalism.
Dale does an outstanding job of explaining it, in vivid detail. I could comment on it until I am blue in the face. But the bottom line is, I would only be repeating what he has already said. So, read it for youself. Trust me, you won't be sorry.