Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called a snap national election following the defeat of his left-wing Syriza party at the European Parliament elections.
Greece’s parliament on Wednesday began debate on a resolution to demand the payment of German war crime reparations. The issue has long been disputed by Berlin. ‘These demands are always active. They were never set aside by Greece,’ parliament chairman Nikos Voutsis said earlier this week.
The chamber is expected to approve a resolution calling on the government of Premier Alexis Tsipras ‘to take all the necessary diplomatic and legal steps to claim and fully satisfy all the demands of the Greek state stemming from World War I and World War II,’ AFP reported.
A parliamentary committee last year determined that Germany owes Greece at least $305 billion for World War I damages and looting, atrocities and a forced loan during the Nazi occupation in World War II.
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