Something that has really impressed me in Europe is how the EU parliament has been much more willing to take up populist policies than the governments of member countries.
Recently they’ve proposed limiting the bonuses for bankers to no more than half their salary. The goes light-years beyond anything that has been proposed to date anywhere.
There’s also been capping roaming mobile rates, airline passenger rights, cutting charges for cross-border bank transfers among others.
Perhaps it’s because the EU parliament is new and hasn’t been entirely corrupted yet. Another theory is that small EU budget doesn’t really make it worthwhile target for lobbyists.