Belgium: large families are irresponsible
October 2nd 2012
The Mayor of the City of Brussels, Freddy Thielemans (Francophone socialist), has said that family planning or in other words limiting the number of births in the capital should be up for discussion.
Mr Thielemans points to the demographic boom in the Brussels Region that is continuing and that is fuelling poverty. The Mayor says that in such circumstances it is irresponsible to have as many children as possible.
Mr Thielemans was speaking during an election debate on the occasion of the local elections. His spokesman pointed out that limiting the number of children wasn’t part of any policy plan adding that it is not a matter for the local authorities.
Politicians from other parties have given Mr Thielemans’s initiative the thumbs down: Belgian Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet, who heads the Christian democrat list in the City, can hardly believe the mayor made the pronouncement, while Francophone liberal Alain Courtois says it’s a bad idea.
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