It said that almost one million fewer babies were born in the 27 EU countries last year than in 1980. There were six million more over65s than under14s in Europe last year, against 36 million more children than pensioners in 1980.
The institute said: “Europe is now an elderly continent.” Almost one in every five pregnancies ends in abortion. The marriage rate fell by 24 per cent between 1980 and 2006. Two out of three households have no children, and nearly 28 per cent of households contain only one person.
The EU suggested solution? I'm not making this up:
The report urges national governments to set up a ministry for the family.
You might think they would ask themselves whether setting up yet another government ministry could be part of the problem, rather than the solution.
Cross-posted at Marriage Debate.