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Politician Wants Academics to Have Kids

German politician Daniel Bahr of the opposition Free Democratic Party (FDP), said in an interview that more children should be born to families with smarter parents. "The wrong people in Germany are having children," Bahr told mass-selling daily Bild am Sonntag. Bahr, who is a member of the party's national council, went on to say that the state supported too many poor families and that the country had failed to help those who have studied at university. His statements were based on studies that show that some 80 percent of female professors working at German universities desire at least one child. But 44 percent of them between the ages of 35 and 39 are childless. Bahr said the current tax code, which disadvantaged career-oriented women, needed to be changed. He pointed to France as a model country for women, where the average birthrate is higher even among women with full-time jobs.

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