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Greek MPs Discuss German War Reparations


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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:46 GMT

The Greek parliament on Wednesday April 17th began a debate on a decision to demand compensation for German war crimes. Despite Germany's opposition, a Greek parliamentary committee decided last year that Germany owed Greece at least 270 billion euros ($ 305 billion) for the First and Second World Wars.

The recovery of war reparations has been a pledge of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras campaign since 2015.

His Government, with full cross-party support, has been charged "to take all the necessary diplomatic and legal steps to claim and fully satisfy all the demands of the Greek state stemming from World War I and World War II".

"These demands are always active. They were never set aside by Greece," parliament spokesperson, Nikos Voutsis, told journalists this week.

The council, with the support of the parties, is expected to approve the decision later on Wednesday.

During a visit to Greece in January, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country "recognised its historic responsibility".

“We know how much suffering we, as Germany in the time of Nazism, have brought to Greece," she said.