I heard that Italian government is worse than ours though it might not be true.
Why does our government suck? It's mainly about people mentality. Germany was fucked so hard after wars, and what now? You're one of the best countries to live in Europe, and this is a fact. And I believe you know why. <as above>
Corruption, giving public jobs to your family (I can't remember this word, when I find it, I post it here), not giving a fuck about normal people. That's why we still aren't "as good as the west", however, it's changing slowly right now.
Interesting fact: did you now that Polish company made infrared detectors for "Curiosity"? <(In case you don't know what I'm talking about, it's new NASA machine for exploring Mars)> Well, I think hardly anybody knows that. You know why? Maybe some science organisations care about it, but not our government, who should do everything for young people and companies to develop. As far as I know, only universities do that (and money from EU), so good I'm going to enter the best one - luckily in my city. One thing - I may be wrong due to lack of some "highly-restricted" informations. I'm not the alfa and omega. However, you must know that communism in Poland still lives in older people. (technically, there was no communism in Poland, but, well, nevermind) ;)