Germans are not making enough babies with the result that the country is now sitting on a very ugly demographic time bomb.
Why ? is the question. Has nookie and rumpty tumpty suddenly become unfashionable amongst the denizons of the Munich beer halls and the Berlin cabaret bars. Do lederhosen and those voluminous Dirndl skirts make mating so difficult that in the end it is not worth the effort. Or is it the serious German character where passion is reserved for the fatherland rather than for ones partner.
Whatever the reason, Germany is in a serious mess and that, believe it or not, is why it is throwing its arms wide open to hundreds of thousands of (mainly young) refugees who seem already to have done rather well in the baby making stakes. They may not know it yet, but they and their offspring are the ones who are going to keep German pensioners in the lifestyle to which they are accustomed from 2060 onwards, if not earlier.
Germany’s population statistics are frightening. The 2011 census showed that the German population was only 80.3m, 1.5m less than the expected 81.8m.In 2014 deaths exceeded live births by 150,000 and the imbalance will get worse as the years go by. 20.3% of the German population now has a migrant background but recent immigration levels will not resolve the problem..
The nightmare for Germany is that by the year 2060 its population will have fallen drastically to between 68 and 73 million, depending on whether immigration is high or low. This represents a loss of between 8 and 13 million from present figures.
From 2020 the working age population will start to fall drastically. By 2060 it will be down to roughly between 34 and 38 million as against 49 million as recently as 2013 and will then represent only about 50% of the total population, meaning that every German will have to pay enormous taxes to provide for the young and the elderly.
In 2013 just over 21% of the population was aged 65 or over. By 2060 the figure will have risen to 33%. As for the over 80s, their numbers will have risen to 9 million by 2060, as against 2013s 4.4million.
Already the country is beginning to suffer from long term under investment, especially in public projects. Some of its infrastructure such as bridges has already fallen into disrepair because there is no money to pay for even essential repairs.
So one can understand the German welcome to these refugees who seem mostly to be of child bearing age.One can understand the millions which Germany has just announced it will spend on them
But hang on a minute, Greece has massive youth unemployment, over 60% at the last count and created by the austerity forced on Greece by the German led ECB. Why cant Germany start proclaiming a welcome and jobs for lustful young Greeks who are desperate for work and who would be only too happy to be invited to go to Germany and make babies. And after all they are Europeans and as young people they can not be blamed for the Greek crisis. So why this discrimination by Germany against fellow young Europeans in need, in favour of immigrants from the Middle East.
Perhaps Europe has really become a meaningless cipher.
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