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Europe is shrinking. While the population in some countries such as Germany and Italy is in the process of reducing itself by more than half over the course of this century, that decline is turning out to be much less severe in other countries. What are France and Sweden doing that convinces young families to have children? In Eastern Germany, the demolition of entire high-rise districts has already begun; schools and kindergartens were forced to close. Yet, the decline in population is not the main problem. What threatens to rip Europe's social system from their very foundations within a few decades is the increase in the number of elderly people. In Italy, the country with the highest rate of senior citizens worldwide, in a mere 30 years each working person will be 'paying the freight' for one pensioner. Other European countries will follow - and it is impossible to fill all of their gaps with immigrants.