January 01, 2006


These three headlines should depress anyone who appreciates the vast contributions Germany has made to Western Civilization

Empty Maternity Wards Imperil a Dwindling Germany
Germany's falling birthrate is entering its second generation, with dwindling number of potential mothers failing to have enough children to reproduce population; reunification with eastern Germany, where birthrate is even lower than in west, has made matters worse; nation is running out of people it needs to sustain its advanced social systems and public infrastructure; low birthrate is rippling through society in unlikely ways, including sparking competition among hospitals for maternity patients; population experts note even Turkish and other immigrants tend to adapt to national birthrate of 1.3 children per couple within generation
Germans leaving country to escape unemployment
Germans are leaving their country in record numbers but unlike previous waves of migrants who fled 19th century poverty or 1930s Nazi terror, these modern day refugees are trying to escape a new scourge -- unemployment.

Flocking to places as far away as the United States, Canada and Australia as well as Norway, the Netherlands and Austria more than 150,000 Germans packed their bags and left in 2004 -- the greatest exodus in any single year since the late 1940s.
Where will the next Einstein, Leibniz, or Mozart come from?