Whither Eastern Europe?

You know, I think we're painting "Europe" with too broad a brush. There's western Europe that most people think of (Sweden, France, etc.) when they're bringing up the better support networks.

I really wonder if this is at all true in Eastern European countries and whether the lack of initiative on the part of the Western Europeans might have unfortunate consequences for countries which but twenty years ago were still living under communist dictatorship.

Even beyond the newer members of the EU, what about the other countries that used to lie behind the 'Iron Curtain'? I'm thinking in particular of Ukraine, etc.

Bad times aren't good for nascent democracies. We see how this played out pre-WWII. I'd be very concerned.