Mark Steyn on Europe’s childless leaders

Yet the fact is that, with the arrival of President Macron in the charmed circle, the leaders of Europe’s biggest economies and of all the European members of the G7 are childless: Germany’s Angela Merkel, Britain’s Theresa May, Italy’s Paolo Gentiloni, and now France’s Macron.

This would have been not just statistically improbable but all but impossible for most of human history. Whatever Euro-politics is about, it’s not, as Bill Clinton was wont to say, the future of all our children. Indeed, of the six founding members of the European Union – France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg – five are led by childless prime ministers: joining Merkel, Gentiloni and Macron at the no-need-for-daycare Euro-summit are the Dutch PM Mark Rutte and the Luxemburger Xavier Bettel. Mark Rutte is single and childless. Xavier Bettel of Lux is married, but gay and, hélas, for the moment without progeny.More.

Reality check: It’s not the fact of being childless but why they are. They really have nothing they feel the need to pass on. Perhaps it’s as well that so many Europeans agree with them.

See also: Deaths exceed births among Christians in pro-choice Europe

  • PaulW

    The only hope I see for barren and dying Europe is some cataclysmic event such as a huge economic collapse (possible) or perhaps a major war (definitely possible). At such times, as when a person receives a life-threatening diagnosis, people tend to pause and reflect on what actually matters to them – and it typically isn’t fame or money or even power, but family, friends and children. What was the Baby Boom generation about (at least partly), if not how people, having faced and overcome terrible adversity, were investing their energy (literally) in life and in the future? So, bleak as matters appear at the moment … who knows?

    • Yes, one should always hope. History is unpredictable. Expect the worst and hope for the best.

    • Oracle9

      Nothing like survival mode or threat of imminent annihilation to focus one’s attention, even for a ‘progressive’.

  • Brenda

    As an aside, Europe’ s political leaders might not be breeding but its royalty is, particularly if they’re minor or no longer have a country. Prince Paul of Greece has five kids, his older sister has four; Princess Tatiana of Liechtenstein has seven, as has one of the claimants to the throne of the Two Sicilies. The man who would be German kaiser has four kids, as does the King of Belgium and the crown prince of Denmark.The Habsburgs are particularly dedicated breeders, as are some branches of the Bourbon family.
    A large percentage of the next generation of Europeans may well consist of minor royals.

    Just throwing that out there 😀

    • It is difficult to know what goes on in these people’s minds, really. They live in a kind of bubble that we cannot even imagine.

  • It is not just that they have nothing to pass on, it is that being childless they can take risks with the future of their country and not worry about what will happen to their children and grandchildren. They bet on the negative effects of this misdeeds occurring after they are gone.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Why let children get in the way of their orgies?