Sunday, February 8, 2015

Greek PM Seeks $183B Damages from Germany; Has a "Moral Obligation" to Get WWII Damages

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said today (February 8, 2015) that the country had a "moral obligation" to claim reparations from Germany for damages wrought by Nazis during World War II, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

Greece had "a moral obligation to our people, to history, to all European peoples who fought and gave their blood against Nazism," Tsipras said in a key address to parliament.

"Our historical obligation is to claim the occupation loan and reparations," the new prime minister said, referring to Germany's four-year occupation of Greece and a war-time loan which the Third Reich forced the Greek central bank to give it which ruined the country financially.

Tsipras's anti-austerity Syriza party claims Germany owes Greece some 162 billion euros ($183 billion) -- or around half the country's public debt, which stands at over 315 billion euros.

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