Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Barren Continent

Less than a week ago we wrote about three European leaders having no biological children of their own. Now the Washington Examiner has an expanded list which reflects the same barren pattern.
Emmanuel Macron founded a new party, and his election as France's president is said to herald the "revival of Europe." Interestingly, Macron has no children.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also has no children. British prime minister Theresa May has no children. Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni has no children. Holland's Mark Rutte has no children. Sweden's Stefan Löfven has no biological children. Luxembourg's Xavier Bettel has no children. Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon has no children. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, has no children.
I'm certain this means something; exactly what it means isn't entirely clear. Maybe it's nothing more than parenthood is too intrusive and exhausting to permit the single-minded career focus required to reach leadership positions.

Alternatively, in a continent with more deaths than births among the native-born, perhaps it just means they are the quintesential Europeans, the distilled essence of modern-day Europe?