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Greece says it has grounds for war reparation claim against Germany

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Greece says it has grounds for war reparation claim against Germany

Greece told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday it had grounds to pursue a legal claim for billions of euros in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country in World War Two.

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Greece told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (January 11) that it had grounds to pursue a legal claim for billions of euros in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country in World War Two.

Germany has dismissed Athens' demands in the past, but the Greek president raised the issue anew during a meeting with Merkel, who is on a two-day visit.

The issue of World War Two reparations resurfaced as an emotional issue during Greece's debt crisis when austerity-hit Greeks, evoking past injustices, blamed their biggest creditor Germany for painful cuts associated with three international bailouts.

Germany has apologized for Nazi-era crimes and has denied owing anything more to Greece for World War Two since it paid Athens 115 million deutschmarks in 1960.

Hitler's forces occupied Greece in 1941-1944 and extracted a so-called "occupation loan" used to help finance its campaign in North Africa.

Greece was forced to hand over 476 million reichmarks, which Greek officials have estimated at 6-10 billion euros ($69.14 billion).

Merkel said Germany was aware of its historical responsibility, and wanted to ensure good relations with Greece.

She added that Germany acknowledged that Greek citizens suffered under economic reforms and hoped that economic growth would put an end to that suffering.



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