Well this subject always gets my goat. As far as I am concerned they should scrap the whole damn thing in every country for all the reasons mentioned above. One time in my life I tried to get unemployment insurance when I got layed off from a job. The waiting period was 2 months. Who can live 2 months when you are already working minimum wage jobs. I know I certainly couldn't. But, if you have had a previous case then it only takes a couple weeks.
When I was in college I had my wife and two girls and I tried to get help again from social assisitance. I got rejected so I appealed. I remember the appeal like it was yesterday. The parking lot was full of Jags and Beamers, the room was full of bitches in big leather and fur coats. The told me I squandered my $7400 (for the year) student loan and should have saved more. (lets see, 2500 tuition, 1500 books, 500/month rent, gee maybe we shouldn't have ate...)
I went to school for 10-12 hours per day class time, worked 3 part time jobs and my wife babysat some kids so we could make it through two years. I usually had 3-4 hours of sleep a night during the week. And the other people in my apartment.... all single moms on welfare, trying to get pregnant so they can get more money, wearing $500 leather jackets and going the bar everynight. So as far as I am concerned they could scrape the whole thing. Those mofo's will find a job when they don't have money for food anymore.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid-in-sideways, totally worn out, shouting.."holy crap.... what a ride!"