Every time I read this kind of news, I’m more convinced than ever that I will have done the right thing by moving to the US. Incomes in continental Europe and Italy in particular, are very low and however, aren’t merit-based. Just an example: one close relative of mine works from 9 am to 9 pm as trainer of new entry levels at a privately-owned credit company. He earns just Euros 1000 (circa $ 1100) per month! Go read these two stories. I hope you’re proud to live in the United States.