Europe ‘On the Verge of a Demographic Crisis, But No One Wants to Talk About It’

Saturday, September 24, 2016
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
24.09.2016

On Thursday, Italy celebrated ‘Fertility Day’ as part of a broader effort by authorities to encourage Italians to have more children and boost the country’s low birthrates. The event was quickly lambasted for being ‘sexist’ and even ‘fascist’. But according to political commentator Ilya Novitsky, the problem lies somewhere else entirely.

In an op-ed for the independent news site PolitRussia, Novitsky noted that the festival might have remained an obscure national event, were it not for all the noise and social outrage that it managed to cause, throughout Italy and across Europe. “It turned out that not all Italians are prepared [to have children]; moreover, some perceive the new holiday as an insult to their personal feelings and to their dignity,” the columnist explained.

“It’s no secret,” the journalist added, “that gradually, Italy, together with almost all of Europe, is dying out. As a rule, Europe’s indigenous inhabitants tend to create small families, in which the presence of even two children has become rare.”

Naturally, “social scientists are concerned about this, because against the background of the sharply escalating migration crisis, indigenous Europeans, with such attitudes toward children, face almost the prospect of disappearing from the ethnic landscape of Old Europe in the coming decades.”

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