It's happening. Pretty soon my country will follow suit, since we are pretty much swamp-germans (Netherlands). This is what happens, when the family unit is destroyed. There are NO incentives for men to have children.
I can see it all around me, young people are refusing to have children. Most experts are saying it's an economic decision, which is partially true, but also a lie by omission (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie#Lying_by_omission). They are simply refusing to realize the years of feminist policies which have backfired and come to bite us all in the ass.
Ofcourse the political solution is....drum roll...wait for it....
''Mr Probst said the country would need young immigrant workers to fill the significant skills gap. And more women were needed in the workforce to avoid economic problems.''
''That the government of Angela Merkel has thrown so much money at the problem is seen by many, even within her own ranks, as a mistake. "Elterngeld" or "parents' allowance" has cost well over €20bn (£16.1bn) since it was introduced five years ago and its results are questionable.''
Ofcourse the solution to the problem is, the same thing which has started the problem in the first place. Europe is doomed and on it's way to economic disaster. The powers that be have to be either
- Ignorant and thus incapable of doing their job.
- Aware of what they're doing, but simply don't care.
''Demographics and family policy experts are divided over the reasons for the apparent reluctance to have children, as well as the ways to tackle the situation. What they generally agree on is that Germany's demographic future looks gloomy. With many more Germans dying than being born for 40 years, the obvious results will be a shrinking workforce, lower growth and a struggle to pay for a rapidly ageing population.''
Edit:Interesting comment that highlights why the decline in German birth rate is not just economical:
German here. The lower class has many children, since the state benefits are quite good, but the middle class or above start very late or never at all.
There's no reason for any woman to not have children. Great universal healthcare, guaranteed time off (up to 3 years), you may pick up your old job, low costs (if you're good with money), no college fund needed. Economic reasons my ass. It's probably one of the best countries to have children in.
Source (In German)
Another source (shitty guardian article) http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/sep/21/germany-birthrate-low-falling