European leaders are begging their fellow citizens to have children. But it seems like a “Do as we say, not as we do,” kind of message.
A recurring topic here at BreakPoint is the demographic challenge–“crisis” isn’t too strong a word–facing the industrialized world.
From Tokyo to London, people are having fewer and fewer children: In some cases, they’re having barely half as many kids as are needed to maintain a stable population without relying on mass immigration.
This “birth dearth,” as it’s called, poses economic and social challenges to much of Europe, as well as Japan, South Korea, and even China.