Greek PM seeks war reparations from Germany
Germany must compensate for damages caused by its occupation of Greece during World War II, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, Sputnik reported.
Speaking Tuesday at a parliamentary committee meeting on the subject, Tsipras sought reparations from Germany for destroyed infrastructure, stolen archaeological treasures and "occupation credit" in the 1940s.
"The Greek government will strive to honor its commitments to the full. But it will also strive to ensure all unfulfilled obligations toward Greece and the Greek people are fulfilled," the prime minister said, linking the country's latest debt negotiations to the subject of war reparations.
Ostensibly rejecting last month's claims by German leadership that the issue of reparations has long been settled, Tsipras accused the country of employing "silence, legal tricks and delays."
Tsipras has renewed discussions that Germany must repay the remaining part of its 73-year-old debt to Greece almost immediately, following his anti-austerity Syriza party's victory two months ago. In 1960, Germany returned one-fourth of the amount it forced the Greek central bank to loan at a zero-interest rate in 1942.