Fewer babies were born in Italy in 2014 than in any other year since the modern Italian state was formed in 1861, new data show, highlighting the demographic challenge faced by the country’s chronically sluggish economy.
National statistics office ISTAT said on Thursday the number of live births last year was 509,000, or 5,000 fewer than in 2013, rounding off half a century of decline. (...)
“We are very close to the threshold of non-renewal where the people dying are not replaced by new-borns. That means we are a dying country,” Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said.
“This situation has enormous implications for every sector: the economy, society, health, pensions, just to give a few examples,” Lorenzin said.
What Lorenzin did not say: Italy has become a gerontocracy. The government of the elderly, by the elderly, for the elderly.
I have nothing against elderly. My parents are elderly, and so are many of my friends and relatives. However, no generation may live at the expense of others.