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Greece wants Germany to repay €279bn it was forced to loan the Nazi authorities during WWII

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, CDU, und der Premierminister von Griechenland, Alexis Tsipras, bei einer Pressebegegnung im Kanzleramt in Berlin, 23.03.2015. Copyright: Michael Gottschalk/
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The Greek government has demanded that Germany pays it back €279bn (£205bn) in loans Greece was forced to give the Nazi authorities who occupied the country during World War Two.

Greece has long demanded reparations from Germany but in a statement on Monday Greece’s deputy finance minister Dmitris Mardas put an exact figure on the amount the country says it is owed for the first time.

Mr Mardas was speaking at a committee set up by the country’s left-wing Syriza government to calculate how much money Germany owed Greece. He said the committee had obtained “stunning evidence” to support the reparations claim.

“The government will work in order to honour fully its obligations. But, at the same time, it will work so that all of the unfulfilled obligations to Greece and the Greek people are met,” Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras said last month at a parliamentary debate on the creation of the Committee.



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