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article imageMost Greeks want government to pursue Germany for war reparations

By Katerina Nikolas     Apr 17, 2013 in World
Eight out of 10 Greeks believe the government should pursue Germany over war reparations, following a classified report by the Greek Finance Ministry indicating the debt stands at €162 billion.
Ekathimerini reported almost 90 percent of Greeks consider damages should be sought. Last week Digital Journal reported leaked details of the classified report commissioned by the Greek government concluded "the outstanding debt is comprised of €108 billion for damage to infrastructure and €54 billion for the forced loans demanded by the Nazis."
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble responded to the issue of war reparations by dismissing the issue as already settled, saying: "I deem that such statements are irresponsible. Instead of misleading the people in Greece it would be better to show them the road to reforms.”
His words drew a strong response from Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos who stated: "The reforms being carried out in Greece bear no relation – and can bear no relation – to the issue of German reparations. Whether this case has been resolved or not is determined by international justice, given that, by its nature, this issue concerns international law and the international justice organs."
According to Helles Frappe (which outlines the details of the reparations due) every single party in the Greek Parliament is in unanimous agreement that Greece should ask Germany to pay back the money owed.
DW reports German historian Hagen Fleischer argues the issue is not settled but believes Greece should focus on the forced occupation loan, estimated to be €7 billion without interest. Fleischer says that whilst Germany will not allow Greece to set a precedent over reparation demands, the loan should be pursued.
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