Europe’s Childless Leaders Sleepwalking the West to Disaster

By Giulio Meotti Published on May 7, 2017

There have never been so many childless politicians leading Europe as today. They are modern, open minded and multicultural. They know that “everything finishes with them.” In the short term, being childless is a relief since it means no spending for families, no sacrifices and that no one complains about the future consequences. As in a research report financed by the European Union: “No kids, no problem!

Being a mother or a father, however, means that you have a very real stake in the future of the country you lead. Europe’s most important leaders leave no children behind.

Europe’s most important leaders are all childless: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron. The list continues with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Europe Is Committing Suicide

As Europe’s leaders have no children, they seem have no reason to worry about the future of their continent. German philosopher Rüdiger Safranski wrote:

[F]or 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.

“Europe is committing suicide. Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide,” wrote Douglas Murray in The Times. “Europe today has little desire to reproduce itself, fight for itself or even take its own side in an argument.” Murray, in his new book, entitled The Strange Death of Europe, called it “an existential civilisational tiredness.”

As Europe’s leaders have no children, they seem have no reason to worry about the future of their continent.

Angela Merkel made the fatal decision to open the doors of Germany to one million and half migrants to stop the demographic winter of her country. It is not a coincidence that Merkel, who has no children, has been called “the compassionate mother” of migrants. Merkel evidently did not care if the massive influx of these migrants would change German society, probably forever.

One Third of German Women Are Childless

Dennis Sewell recently wrote in the Catholic Herald:

It is that idea of ‘Western civilisation’ that greatly complicates the demographic panic. Without it, the answer would be simple: Europe has no need to worry about finding young people to support its elderly in their declining years. There are plenty of young migrants banging at the gates, trying to climb the razor wire or setting sail on flimsy boats to reach our shores. All we need to do is let them in.

Merkel’s childless status mirrors German society: 30% of German women have not had children, according to European Union statistics. Among female university graduates, the figure rises to 40%. Germany’s Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen, said that unless the birth rate picked up, the country would have to “turn the lights out.

“‘Finding ourselves’ becomes more important than building a world.”

According to a new study published by the Institut national d’études démographiques, a quarter of European women born in the 1970s may remain childless. Europe’s leaders are no different. One in nine women born in England and Wales in 1940 were childless at the age of 45, compared to one in five of those born in 1967.

“Europe today has little desire to reproduce itself, fight for itself or even take its own side in an argument.”

French politician Emmanuel Macron has rejected French President François Hollande’s assertion that, “France has a problem with Islam.” He is against suspending the citizenship of jihadists, and keeps insisting, against all evidence, that Islamic State is not Islamic: “What poses a problem is not Islam, but certain behaviors that are said to be religious and then imposed on persons who practice that religion.”

Macron preaches a sort of multicultural buffet. He speaks of colonialism as a “crime against humanity.” He is in favor of “open borders,” and for him, again against all evidence to the contrary, there is no “French culture.”

According to philosopher Mathieu Bock-Coté, the 39-year-old Macron, who is married to his 64-year-old former teacher, is the symbol of a “happy globalization freed of the memory of the French lost glory.” It is not a coincidence that “Manif Pour Tous,” a movement that fought the legalization gay marriage in France, urged voting against Macron as the “anti-family candidate.” Macron’s slogan, “En Marche!” (“Forward!”), embodies the globalized élites who reduce politics to an exercise, a performance.

The Muslim Conquest of the Cradle

That is why Turkish leader Erdogan urged 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.

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.”


This piece originally appeared at The Gatestone Institute’s website, and is reprinted with permission.

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  • Autrey Windle

    I agree that European leaders are running headlong into disaster, but I think a more fact-based argument against that would perhaps be more effective. I am not Catholic, but the leaders, priests and so forth, and workers such as nuns are childless, but very effective in making good leaders and reasoned teachers to the masses. I just think having no children doesn’t make the case for having no skin in the game. Abraham and Sara had a huge role before she ever bore a child.

    • fderf

      Mr. Meotti has a good argument here. The lack of children and the attitude about children in Europe permeates the culture. Their world is built to limit children. Cars cannot fit more than four persons, homes have enough bedrooms for one couple and a child or two. Two children are considered many. One woman I know was told to abort (kill) her child because she was almost 40 years old, why would she want a child? When I told another woman about an American friend who had her second child so she now has one under the age of two and a newborn, her response was, “That is a bit ridiculous, isn’t it?!” The squares are empty and silent as compared to when you would hear the play and laughter of children throughout the day. Priests and nuns live sacrificial lives, as do parents. Priests and nuns have many children they oversee in their parishes, hospitals, orphanages, schools, etc. Adults in Europe who voluntarily live a life without children live a more self centered life with few sacrifices. They shop, they work, they eat, they marry late if they marry at all. Women talk about personal freedom, men are free to not support them. They do not think beyond themselves or their times. When a group of young adults was asked if they would fight for their culture or way of life if it came to that, they said no, they would not take up arms. Abraham and Sara were faithful to the Lord and trusted HIm. The older European generation fears the pain they and their parents went through during the war, the younger spoiled generation don’t believe in God.

      • Autrey Windle

        I see your point and thank you for provoking me to a deeper examination of my initial response. What I wonder now, is if these narcissistic folks who don’t want children to interrupt their self-centered pleasures live and die, their selfishness dies with them. If they do have children, they cannot but help to rear them as they themselves believe; children learn what they live; and if the folks who love children and value their sacred gift of parenthood have more children they will also learn what they live and someday, the good could outweigh the self-centered. Personally I believe the end of the book will be read out loud before that can happen, but we should not quit trying to advocate for goodness and tell the God’s truth to sinners and show our way with our own repentance and lifestyles and refuse to endorse cruelty, selfishness, perversities and inhumanity to our fellow man. I think Europe is going to hell at the hand of the enemy and if there are less children who are there to be thrown into the chaos because of selfish narcissists then so be it.

        • D Blyth

          Time to pray – a lot!

          • Autrey Windle


      • D Blyth

        fderf you expressed what I failed to explain.
        Well done!
        One of our neighbourhood families had ten kids – few luxuries or possessions, but they had far more fun and love than small families!

    • Riccardo Zanetti

      I definitely changed my attitudes about life and my concern for the future after I had children. I wanted them and married late, but had I stayed single and childless, I would not be motivated to leave a better world than the one I inherited.

      • Autrey Windle

        I am glad to hear that the love of a child changed you. I guess I keep hoping that the love of God will do that for the person before they have a child but hey! as long as all roads lead to conscience and love I’m for it.

    • D Blyth

      Autrey. good point!
      However the celibate community do not regard children as a burden, but sacrifice their fertile lives for their faith and others.
      Not all are called to the vocation of matrimony.

      • Autrey Windle

        I never thought that the celibate or childless think of children as a burden. That was basically my point; that caring about your fellow man and the future generations comes from God, not from children, although children have always been called to the service of God since even before baby Jesus. If the European leaders are more narcissistic because they don’t have children, I think the bigger reason may be that they don’t have a Christian conscience.

        • D Blyth

          Autrey I don’t think it’s an either/or approach. Children are a gift and a responsibility.
          When one has kids, one’s lifestyle changes. Some people prefer a a carefree lifestyle.
          God may use our children to teach us about caring for our fellows. Once again not an either/or situation.
          I agree with your point in that the Judeo-Christian ethic built Europe.
          However Europeans appear to have abandoned that key ethical foundation.
          That the EU prefers to disregard its Christian roots but express gratitude for other roots, speaks volumes.

        • Faith of Our Fathers

          Audrey I agree with you that caring for your fellow man and future generations come from God but we are now in a Godless society. I would be more trusting that War would not breakout in Korea if Kim had a Children and of course you nailed it in one about the Narcissistic European Leaders.

          • Autrey Windle

            I would normally agree with you about Korea except I truly believe Kim’s child would be either a product of his insanity parenting the child or killing the child to prevent it taking control or, in the case of this insane person, likely both both.

  • upload

    “The researchers found that people were more likely to endorse childlessness in countries with higher levels of gender equality, such as in Scandinavia, than in countries with lower gender equality, such as in Southern and Eastern Europe (see figure 1). They explain this fact by pointing out that countries with high levels of gender equality place a greater emphasis on individual autonomy and decision-making, emancipation and modernisation.”

    I went to the link for the study the writer referenced, and found this paragraph. Oh, it sounds all lollipops and jelly beans, what with equality (who doesn’t want that?) and modernization (why live in the stone age?). But what this study reveals, truly, is that areas where progressivism has leeched onto local society and culture, the ones in charge are just finding new and exciting ways to mess up everything. Instead of understanding that an old way of doing things doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a wrong way of doing things, they shuffle the deck in hopes that the hand they end up with isn’t full of face cards with rags on their heads and bombs on their chests.

  • Faith of Our Fathers

    Sir I couldn’t agree more with your article. We know that the World is very insecure especially at the moment probably with Korea being top of the list for the time being. Again where we have Kim another childless man with no worries of family future. I consider myself to be lucky in the era that I have lived in but feel terror for the future for my kids and grandkids as you have stated the above Politicians don’t have that Care or worry and they cannot fathom what it’s like unless they walk a mile in another mans shoes . As someone whose Parliament is filled with childless Narcissistic Homosexuals who to me should never be in politics it’s the same . Their cry daily is bring in more Refugees bring in more Muslims don’t say anything against Muslims or your Islamaphobic. Personally I have always seen why such people succeed in politics as most ( not all ) have abandoned Christian Western Principles.

  • prompteetsincere

    Family via its children, and therefore education, the Cultural Marxist favoured modus operandi, under combined attack. V. also Melanie Phillips’ ‘Guardian Angel, which sets out the same most dire of cases.

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