BERLIN, August 22, 2013 ( – The most recent census has found that the German population has dropped significantly, down 1.5 million people. That represents a decline of 11 percent since 2000. The German population is predicted to fall by 19 percent to 66 million by 2060.

At the same time, another study has found that German men, whether married or not, are increasingly opposed to having any children at all.

A report by Europe’s Population Policy Acceptance Study found that 23 percent of German men thought “zero” children was the most desirable family size. In response to the refusal to have children, the German government spends the equivalent of $265 billion (U.S.) a year on family subsidies.


The New York Times references “experts” who have said that the solution lies in getting more women into the workforce, “while at the same time encouraging them to have more children,” changing societal attitudes towards immigrants, and forcing older workers to stay longer in their jobs.

A report by the European Union found that from the 1960s to the beginning of the 21st century, the number of live births in the 27 member states of the EU “declined sharply from 7.5 million to a low of 5.0 million in 2002.”

“A total fertility rate of around 2.1 live births per woman is considered to be the replacement level,” the report says. “The total fertility rate (the number of live births per woman) in the EU-27 declined to a level well below this replacement level in recent decades. Available information suggests that the total fertility rate was 1.46 live births per woman in the EU-27 in 2002. A slight recovery was subsequently observed in most EU Member States, such that the EU-27 average had increased to 1.59 live births per woman by 2009.” 

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