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« on: April 18, 2019, 02:23:17 pm »
« edited: April 18, 2019, 02:51:22 pm by President Johnson »

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Greek parliament demands Berlin pays WWII reparations

Greek lawmakers have officially endorsed a diplomatic offensive to have Germany pay reparations over the WWII occupation of Greece. Athens is due to raise the issue with Berlin, where the matter is seen as long settled.

A large majority of Greek lawmakers supported giving a mandate to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to seek reparations from Germany. The Wednesday vote marks the first official parliamentary decision on the Tsipras 2015 campaign pledge to raise the emotionally charged issue.

The government can now take "every appropriate legal and diplomatic action to satisfy Greece's demands."


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Germany's official position is that all reparation issues were settled decades ago. In 1960, Greece signed off on a deal in which West Germany agreed to pay 115 million deutschmarks as compensation.

Commenting on the Wednesday vote, Germany's government spokesman Steffen Seibert acknowledged Germany's responsibility for the occupation.

"We are, and I hope you can believe us, aware of our historic responsibility," he added.

However, he also said that the issue of reparations had been "conclusively settled, both legally and politically."

Full Article on Deutsche Welle (English)


Honestly, I think this is a political stunt. We shall never forget any war crimes that have been committed by anyone, but demanding a ridiculous sum from today's German taxpayers, who are born decades after WWII, is not the way to deal with this.
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2019, 02:47:13 pm »

Zero patience for this nonsense. Move on, Greece. It's not Germany's fault that your state now depends on Northern Europe in order not to collapse. Some more gratefulness and less whining would be appropriate.
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2019, 10:57:24 pm »

Good. This money could also serve as payback for the horrible way the Germans treated Greece by forcing austerity upon them during the debt crisis.
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2019, 06:42:15 am »

Good. This money could also serve as payback for the horrible way the Germans treated Greece by forcing austerity upon them during the debt crisis.

I concur the EU and Germany treated Greece in a horrible way and even the EC admits it at this point, even though people like Juncker feebly regrets at best. However, I think that WW II reparations and the austerity ordeal should be treated as separate issues. We have enough jingoists and ultranationalists preying on resentment nowadays, fostered to a great extent by the crisis management policies implemented by Schauble and company. Stirring historic grievances in relation with contemporary conflicts is not a good idea.
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2019, 02:44:28 pm »

Oh yeah, election year in greece.
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2019, 03:07:00 pm »



Lmao yep.
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2019, 03:22:12 pm »

Pay your debts please.
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