Greece says it has grounds for war reparation claim against Germany

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

In a televised exchange with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Friday thanked her supporting Greece's efforts to exit its worldwide bailouts and addressing the refugee crisis, Kathimerini reported."Greeks made many sacrifices, even for mistakes that could not be attributed to them and I am glad you acknowledged this", Pavlopoulos said.He also praised Merkel for her response to the refuguee crisis, saying it "boosted your profile as a European leader and the cohesion of Europe".

Relations between Greece and Germany have calmed since her previous visits in 2012 and 2014, which were overshadowed by angry anti-austerity rallies.

Merkel and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attempted on Thursday evening with a almost two-hour Meeting, a line under the rows to draw in the debt crisis.

"As Greeks, we consider these demands legally active and [can be] judicially pursued and should be solved in the competent European forum, judicial forum", President Prokopis Pavlopoulos told Merkel.

While speaking at a joint press conference with Merkel in Athens on Friday, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos stated the country has grounds to pursue a legal claim for billions of euros in reparations for the WWII crimes committed by the Nazis. It has denied owing anything to Greece for World War II since it paid Athens 115 million deutschmarks in 1960.

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On her last visit to Athens in 2014, protestors gave her the Nazi salute and Alexis Tsipras, then still an opposition leader, told her to go home.

Also in 2014, ex-president Joachim Gauck sought public forgiveness in the name of Germany from relatives of those murdered by the Nazis in the mountains of northern Greece.

The leaders are likely to discuss the still thorny issue of an impending name change for Greece's neighbour Macedonia.

Merkel's first foreign trip this year is part of a new phase of her chancellorship after she surrendered her post as Christian Democratic Union party leader in October and said she won't run for a fifth term as chancellor. Greece was forced to hand over 476 million reichsmarks, which Greek officials have estimated to be valued at between 6 billion and 10 billion euros ($6.92 billion to $11.53 billion).

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