I would sum it up that to protect some one from themselves requires taking control of their personal affairs away from them so in general. Europeans long ago traded their freedom for protection from themselves so In my opinion are not very free at all. Being able to speak your mind is vital to freedom but is hardly the sum total of Freedom.
I lived in Germany when my wife was stationed there, we traveled a bit as well. I do know a bit about the system there. As a whole they are not as free legally as we are and definitely not free spirited as we are.