Chancellor Angela Merkel and four of her ministers are discussing the government’s demography strategy at a summit this week in Berlin. Their record so far? Below average, says expert James Vaupel. Yes, it was mostly German angst. But not just German angst, Vaupel says. People in Italy, Poland or Russia are concerned about population collapse as well. The population has started to decline in many countries. And if you extrapolate this into the distant future you can imagine the situation with a much smaller population. But it takes a long time. And over a period of many decades, public policies might change, people’s attitudes might change.