Greece begins campaign for German WWII reparations

Greece's emotive campaign for war damages has been waged for decades by governments and private citizens alike. But it has gained momentum in recent years as Greeks suffered under the German-backed austerity imposed by the European Union and the International Monetary fund in exchange for financial bailouts.

Greece begins campaign for German WWII reparations

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Greek parliamentary committee set up by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's government to demand reparations for the Nazi occupation of Greece began work on Wednesday, in a move likely to heighten tensions between Athens and Berlin.

Tsipras has frequently blamed Germany for the hardship stemming from the imposition of austerity, and he has angered Berlin by threatening to push for reparations in the middle of talks to unlock aid for Greece.

Without the aid, the Greek government will run out of money by April 20, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters last week.

Tsipras' leftist Syriza party has also submitted a proposal to parliament to set up a committee looking into the circumstances under which Greece entered bailout agreements with its lenders and other bailout-related issues.

The committee that began work today will claim German debts include war reparations, the repayment of the so-called occupation loan that Nazi Germany forced the Bank of Greece to make and the return of stolen archaeological treasures.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Nisan 2015, 18:01