Greece plans to formally claim compensation from Germany for Nazi crimes
The Greek parliament voted on a law demanding that the government formally move to obtain financial compensation from Germany for crimes committed during the 3Nazi occupation in a case that Berlin has long opposed.
The Greek parliament voted on a law demanding that the government formally move to obtain financial compensation from Germany for crimes committed during the Nazi occupation in a case that Berlin has long opposed.
Under this law, the parliament calls on the Greek government to act diplomatically and legally "to meet the Greek state's demand for the first and second world wars."
The majority of deputies, from the left-wing ruling party SYRIZA, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, as well as the main opposition parties voted in favor of the resolution.
"It is a historic and moral duty, a duty to commemorate the heroes of the past ... especially at this time when the extreme right, the national trend and racism threaten Europe," Tsipras told at the parliament.
Under this law, the Government will send a memorandum to Germany to open a dialogue on this issue.
The financial compensation that Greece seeks for the crimes committed by the Nazis during the occupation of the country (1941-1944) is a matter demanded by all previous governments from the right or socialists.
The issue was raised during Greece’s debt crisis (2010-2018), especially as the Greeks blamed Germany for the austerity policies imposed on the country in return for international loans to avoid bankruptcy.
Berlin did not respond to Greece's desire to reopen the case, arguing that the issue was finally resolved in 1960 as part of an agreement with a number of European governments.
"These demands are still present and Greece has never abandoned them," parliament speaker Nikos Votesis told the media.
"The compensation process is settled by judicial and political means," German government spokesman Stephane Schipert said Wednesday.
He added that Berlin "is doing everything it can to keep Greece and Germany maintain good relations between them as friends and partners."
A Greek parliamentary committee last year submitted 270 billion euros ($ 305 billion) in claims, including damage and looting in World War II, as well as acts of brutality and forced loans during the Nazi occupation.