Culture WarsDarren Barefoot
writes on the subject of why Euros don't like/hate America,
For European nations (I discussed the subject with the people of several western European countries), it had nothing to do with prosperity (they're pretty prosperous over there). Universally, it was two areas: foreign policy and cultural export.
I commented: Having knocked about with Euros of various political types over the years, I'd add a couple of elements to their perception of America.
First, they cannot quite grasp that there is a large, beautifully educated and highly cultured class in America which is delighted to make money rather than dispair. Second, and this is more recent, the Euros are beginning to realize that their own nations have made horrendous mistakes post WWII. In particular the rock in a sock birth rates, unaffordable pension schemes, declining productivity, unintended immigration consequences and technological implosion have all left the Euros wondering how the hell the cowboys could have got so much, well, right.
You don't have to love Americans to realize that America has done rather better since WWII than Germany, France, Italy or England. And that bothers the Euros more than they can say.
America winning the Cold War has meant that these former Great Powers are now middling at best. Nice to have onside; but trivial compared to China, India, Pakistan or a host of other nations. The triumph of English as the language of technology, commerce, and movies the masses actually want to see, even though this was really the fault of er, English, has not been easy to take either. The shrillness of the Euro's denuciations of America as barbaric, uncultured and plain ignorant seems to be the inverse of the importance of Europe in the scheme of things.
The truth is that the opinions of a bunch of washed out, aging, anti-technological, semi-socialist, militarily impotent, ex-Powers don't matter much and the Americans are not in the least shy about pointing that out.
Success is envied not popular. The failed statists of Germany or France are cling to the happy thought that the cowboys - most of whom are better educated than their critics - will somehow fatally shoot themselves on the way to the corral. When they don't....then they are unpopular, even hated.
Worst of all, the intellectual and political elites in Old Europe seem utterly unable to stop their own ignorant populations from watching American movies, listening to American pop and, quelle horreur, filling up at MickyD's. In the trans-Atlantic clash of civilizations, the Yanks keep winning where it counts: in the popular cultures of Old Europe.