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Greek Deputy FinMin: Germany Owes Greece €278 bln in War Reparations

Greece’s deputy Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas told the parliament in Athens that Germany owes his country €278.7 billion (about 307 billion U.S. dollars) in Second World War reparations.
A parliamentary committee and the Greek supreme court arrived at the figure after examining previous studies, which set the figure Germany owes Greece at €269 billion.  The occupation loan amounts to €10.3 billion.
Mardas noted that in 1946 in Paris the reparations were estimated at about 341.2 billion U.S. dollars.
Greek governments and also private citizens have pushed for war damages from Germany for decades, but the Greek government has never officially quantified its reparation claims.
But in the dispute over reparations, which has soured German-Greek relations for decades, the German government maintains that the question is closed.
Germany paid Greece 115 million marks in 1960, and the government insists that this payment covered all of its debts.
(source: DPA)

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