Any political system where politicians band together to leverage power as a group will have cronyism. Yes.
Really? You think the UK economy is healthy? Oh dear me. No. It's mostly accounting tricks around PPE which keeps the debt off the books. Bill Clinton balanced the US budget too... yeah...
The fact that UK and DE are not suffering EU membership micromanagement is proof that their economy is, relatively, healthy. Healthy like the US economy today. -- Not so healthy.
Riots in London today? None in New York city either. Greece? Spain? Italy? I know Greeks are throwing rocks and launching tear gas today... They are not relatively healthy, now, are they.