The controversial issue of reparations boiled high in Greece for decades, again and again, now Greece has announced that Germany is about to negotiate.

It is according to different calculations, a total of 250 to 300 billion euros. The Parliament in Athens, instructed the government to take all necessary diplomatic and legal steps.

First of all, it’s supposed to be a so-called verbal note. This is typically the written message of another state at the German foreign Ministry. “The claim of reparations is for us a historical and moral duty,” said the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras.

He didn’t want to link the theme with the heavy financial crisis of the past few years, and the debt of the country, said Tsipras. But now, after the end of the international aid programs, was the right time. “We have the Chance now, this Chapter is for both peoples.” It was important to him, with Germany as equals and in friendship together.

In the parliamentary debate in Athens, there had been bitter moments, such as the eye-witness reports of Nazi massacres were read in Greek villages. But, the populists took advantage of the favor of the hour: Tsipras wants to win with the demands for reparations only vote for the in October upcoming parliamentary elections, it said. The extreme-right party “Golden dawn” made a very own bill on reparations, height: 400 billion euros.

Germany is already nothing to expect, warned, however, other members: “The German side is of the opinion that it has settled the issue of the payment of 160 million marks to the victim and the recording of approximately 420,000 guest workers,” said opposition politician Vasilis Leventis.

in fact, Germany looks at the issue as completed; Berlin is based on the 1990 reunification of signed Two-plus-Four Treaty. The mention of possible reparations, not explicitly, but in a paper of Scientific services of the Bundestag from the year 2017, it is stated: “in the view of the Federal government (…) regulates the contract also reparation claims: the in art. 5, Para. 2 the London agreement provided for a Moratorium in respect of any reparation claims, as the Two-plus-Four Treaty entered into force.”

The question of reparations was legally as well as politically, to conclude, regulated, Seibert said on Wednesday, a government spokesman, Steffen. Lawyers and historians in both countries are, however, divided on the right of the Greeks to reparations. The conflict could eventually land before the International court of justice in The Hague.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.