I think the Europeans have a rewarding system. I don't think it will ever be accepted in the USA.
One of the reasons European citizens can live like they do is the social systems put in place for them. Those systems come at a very high cost to the working citizen and the government. In Germany the average income tax paid is nearly 35%. In exchange for those taxes you get good roads, medical insurance, college for your kids, and an economy that has had adapted to the costs. Compensation is much higher when employers aren't burdened with social expenses ie medical insurance. Not many Americans pay anything near 35% income taxes to subsidize such a system and our free market system isn't very conducive to making the adjustments required to support a European type social economy.