June 16, 2011
JESSE POWELL writes:
Germany has too many housewives! So says the EU. I’ve heard this argued in different ways before. The reality is, Germany has too few housewives.
Not only are the German people failing to replace themselves with historically low fertility rates, the pathologies of social decline — divorce, illegitimacy and cohabitation — are growing worse. Marriage is more unstable in the former East Germany than it was under Communism. In the country as a whole, more than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce and the fertility rate is 1.38 children. In 2009, the number of employed Eastern German women actually exceeded the number of employed men. Read More »