Gatestone Institute: Childless European Leaders are ‘Sleepwalking Us to Disaster’

By Theresa Smith | June 26, 2017 | 1:24pm EDT

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( -- Because Europe’s top political leaders do not have children, they do not know what it means to be a mother or father and therefore have “no reason to worry about the future of the continent,” reported the Gatestone Institute.

The institute specifically cited the childless European leaders German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, French President Emmanuel Macron,  Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“Merkel's childless status mirrors German society: 30% of German women have not had children, according to European Union statistics, with the figure rising among female university graduates to 40%,” reported Gatestone.

The Gatestone Institute is a non-profit international policy council and think tank “dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report” on issues such as human rights, democracy, rule of law, and national security.  The group’s chairman is former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

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Citing German philosopher Rudiger Safranski, the institute said of the elite European leaders, “for the childless, thinking in terms of the generations to come loses relevance. Therefore, they behave more and more as if they were the last and see themselves as standing at the end of the chain.”

By not having children, Europe’s political leaders are essentially committing suicide, said Gatestone. Instead of encouraging marriage, children, and families, the leaders are inviting in migrants and taking care of them, like a mother.

“It is not a coincidence that Merkel, who has no children, has been called ‘the compassionate mother’ of migrants,” said Gatestone.  “Merkel evidently did not care if the massive influx of these migrants would change German society, probably forever.”

In contrast to the European elite, Muslim families are having many children, said Gatestone. They note that Turkish leader Erdogan has encouraged “Muslims to have ‘five children’ and Islamic imams are urging the faithful to ‘breed children’: to conquer Europe. Islamic supremacists are busily building a clash of civilizations in Europe's midst, and they depict their Western host countries collapsing: without population, without values, and abandoning their own culture.”

“Our European leaders are sleepwalking us to disaster,” said the institute. “Why should they care, if at the end of their lifespans Europe will not be Europe?”

According to Eurostat, the fertility rate in European Union was 1.58 live births per woman in 2015. In 2010, the rate was 1.68. To keep a population constant without migration influx, the fertility rate must be 2.1.

Citing other European statistics, Gatestone reported 30% of German women have no children, and “a quarter of European women born in the 1970s may remain childless.”


Germany, as well as France, is not investing in the future through children, but through immigration, according to the institute.

Germany and France have the highest population of Muslims among European Countries, according to a Pew Research Center report. Pew also reported that the Muslim population is increasing in Europe.

Gatestone pointed to Angela Merkel’s “fatal decision” to open Germany’s borders to 1.5 million immigrants, which completely change the German culture and demographics.

“It’s not a coincidence that Merkel, who has no children, has been called ‘the compassionate mother’ of migrants,” the institute said.

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Emmanuel Macron, th new French president, was labeled the “anti-family candidate,” reported Gatestone. Macron rejected his predecessor's “problem” with Islam in France. Macron supports an open border policy.

In conclusion, the institute said,  “If you look at Merkel, Rutte, Macron and others, are these Islamic supremacists so wrong? Our European leaders are sleepwalking us to disaster. Why should they care, if at the end of their lifespans Europe will not be Europe?

“As Joshua Mitchell explained in an essay, ‘Finding ourselves becomes more important than building a world. The long chain of generations has already done that for us. Now let us play.’”

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