I think the American divide is smoothed over in the data because there are a lot of people in every state that don't think like the majority. Even in California >25% voted for Trump, and all the ones I know would vote for the same stupid shit as Louisianans.
I also don't know when the values surveys I'm thinking of were conducted, but there is still the fact that we are one country and Europe isn't. There are a lot of things that just aren't talked about here that we all implicitly agree on, which might be disagreed on by people in different European countries.
Baltics and other former communist countries are not just different due to communism (and we can isolate the specific effects of communism by looking at East vs. West Germany). There's cultural differences going back centuries between different parts of the continent, because Europeans have never been united under one government, and don't come from one founding colonial country a mere few hundred years ago. Granted, America was settled by people from the most disparate parts of Britain that had their differences amplified by a massive founder effect, but those differences have also been mitigated by time spent under one government and mass culture.
>But I still think any country in the eurozone United by a stronger currency than the dollar has ample opportunity to get itself together in a way that they quite simply could not on their own, and moreover it represents a nice new market with incentives for development.
The East will never truly prosper because all their young people are moving West. The figures are astonishing, with something like 10-20% of most of these countries just up and vanishing - and you can be sure that those leaving are the most young and productive. It doesn't matter if Latvia or Romania get their shit together if there are no people to experience it.
>This is not the case with indigenous Europeans, all of whom have centuries or millennia of shared history with dozens of unique cultures and languages. This is what's going to make it so much harder for them to cope.
This is basically what I'm saying - despite all our differences, we're one people, or at least a handful of very closely related peoples. Europe isn't, and that extends deeper than obstinantly persistent tribal identities into deeper matters of culture and values. There might be a big difference between California and Mississippi in regards to individualist vs. survivalist ideology, but that difference is much greater between France or Germany and Eastern Europe.