Greece could take legal action to recover more than $260 billion from Germany for reparations from WWII.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who leads the left-wing Syriza party, claims the hefty reparations to be a “moral issue” for Greece.


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Photo: Getty Images)

The Greek parliamentary committee, which was set up by Prime Minister Tsipras, will recommend Greece to follow diplomatic means to recover the reparations for Nazi Germany’s occupation of Greece from 1941 to 1944. However, if diplomatic talks between Athens and Berlin fall apart, Greece has warned it may consider legal action through international courts. Triantafyllos Mitafidis, the committee chairman, has told Der Speigel that: “Crimes against humanity do not expire. Justice must be done.”


German soldiers raise the swastika over Athens

Although the issue of war reparations is not new for Greece, the outcry for compensation has grown significantly since the country’s fall into near-bankruptcy.

Forced to secure massive bailouts from the German-dominated Eurozone in order not to default on its immense debts, Greece has been forced into austerity by Germany and its other European creditors.

In a recent Facebook post, Prime Minister Tspiras reminded Germany of how their own debts were cancelled after WWII during the 1953 London Debt Agreement and called for European leaders to now show similar “solidarity” with his country.

The German government has dismissed Greek reparation demands, which could total nearly ten percent of Germany’s GDP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that “In the view of the German government, the issue of reparations is politically and legally closed.”

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