By Cokie and Steven V. Roberts, Syndicated columnists
The Picayune Item
MONTERCHI, ITALY —
It was a lovely summer evening. Large families filled the terrace at La Pieve Vecchio, a restaurant occupying an old convent on the outskirts of this hilltop village in Tuscany. Some groups even included small children, perched in high chairs or wandering the dining area with an anxious parent trailing close behind.
That’s a common scene in America but not in Europe, especially in Italy. Here, children are almost as rare as the truffles that were in high season and featured on La Pieve’s menu. And that birth dearth is causing a crisis across the continent.
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