Let´s take again a look at the chart titled “Gesetzliche Mindestlöhne pro Stunde in der Europäischen Union (Stand: Oktober 2013)” (in English: legal minimum wages per hour in the European Union) on the German web portal Statista.
In the European Union we have the following minimum wages (per hour):
France is offering a minimum wage of 9,43 € (13 $). Belgium offers a minimum wage of 9,1 € (12,54 $). Netherlands offers a minimum wage of 9,07 € (12,50 $). Ireland offers a minimum wage of 8,65 € (11,92 $). The United Kingdom offers a minimum wage of 7,78 € (10,73 $). The next country in this list would be Slovenia with a minimum wage of 4,43 € (6,11 $).
So there is a huge gap between England and Slovenia. And Slovenia is a poorer country than England anyway, poorer of course also than the USA.
In order to make a valid comparison, let´s only consider the minimum wages of these richer northern and central countries of the European Union which have an average income that is comparable to the average income in the USA:
The proposal of Barack Obama´s administration is to raise the minimum wage in the USA to 10.10 $.