Greece demands Germany to pay over $300bn in WW2 reparations

Greeceā€™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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Greek MPs ratify Macedonia name change in historic vote

Greek lawmakers ratify a landmark name change deal with neighbouring Macedonia, handing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a diplomatic triumph and bucking street protests to end one of the world’s most stubborn diplomatic disputes. A narrow majority of 153 MPs in the 300-seat chamber approved the deal, with several independent lawmakers supporting Tsipras’ leftist Syriza party. IMAGES of the Greek Parliament and SOUNDBITE of the House Speaker Nikos Voutsis reading results in Greek