The Germans are having to face the consequences of their failure to have children. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports that massive numbers of apartemts have to be demolished. There are now 82 million people living in Germany; by 2050 there will be only 70 million. Even by 2020 there will be 350,000 fewer households, and therefore a need for 350,000 fewer apartments. 

The population decline is masked because some cities, like Munich, are still growing. The eastern and northern regions of Germany are emptying out.

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