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“And now for something completely different” – Greece vs. Germany

Don’t mention the war!

A response to Ioannis Kalpouzos After sticking fingers – fake, real or fake fake – the latest chapter in the story between Germany and Greece recently has seen Greece requesting the staggering amount of 278.7 billion EUR of reparations for German perpetrations during World War II. As Ioannis Kalpouzos has pointed out in his blogpost, there are basically two kind – the reparations for suffering inflicted on individuals, such as the …

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The law and politics of Greece’s claims for German war reparations

“The historical roots of the European Union lie in the Second World War”, according to the EU’s official website. It is then perhaps not surprising that in the current tumult of the Eurozone the War re-surfaces. Mark Mazower describes how, in the German Occupation of Greece (1941-1944), “the Wehrmacht had requisitioned food while people died of hunger; how its financial demands upon the Greek state caused a rampant inflation in …

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