Germany faces paying billions to Greece in compensation for Nazi wartime atrocities

May 1941: A policeman directs German motorcycle troops in Athens

Germany should pay reparations to Greece for ‘serious wrongs’ by the Nazis, members of Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition said last night.

The German Chancellor has angrily rejected demands from Greek ministers for Berlin to pay £240billion in compensation for Nazi atrocities during the Second World War.

But, in an astonishing twist, senior members of the SPD, which shares power with Mrs Merkel, yesterday disagreed.

Gesine Schwan said: ‘I think it would be good for us Germans to sweep up after ourselves in terms of our history. It is about recognising that we have committed serious wrongs in Greece.

‘The government’s legal case isn’t convincing. It leaves a bad impression that Germany doesn’t want to face up to its responsibilities’…

This could set off a veritable torrent of groups claiming reparations.  It could make it forever impossible for Turkey to admit any guilt over the Armenians, for example.   It could backfire very badly. 

  • SDMatt

    Reparation is only for those not favoured by the Left: communism and Islam, for example, will never have to/will never be called on to make reparations.

    • Tom Forsythe

      Can you imagine asking the Saudis to pay reparations to Israel?

  • AmicusC

    isn’t this exactly what they did to Germany after ww1 which helped lead to ww2? first time germans gave money to bailout Greece they should have sent in troops and said you can have the money and we get your land.

  • The Goat

    This is a distraction. It is socialism that destroyed Greece, not a few years of Nazism from 70 years ago. Greece will only get better when they admit that it was socialism that destroyed them.

    • tom_billesley

      The four years of civil war pitting communists against the Greek government didn’t help Greek recovery after WW2.

  • Tom Forsythe

    Translation: Germans won’t put up with another bailout for Greece, so this time, we’ll call it “reparations.”

    • Petey

      I agree. However, Greece has the EU by its throat if it ever makes good on its threat to flood Europe with immigrants, which it can.

    • Just a thought

      Yeah, what I thought, as well.

  • Tom Forsythe

    Will the Greeks then send the money to India, as compensation for Alexander the Great’s invasions?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Alexander was Macedonian.
      Macedonians hate Greeks.

      • Tom Forsythe

        What about the subsequent invasions?

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Hey, I just know what the pretty divorcee from Macedonia told me fifteen years ago.
          Last thing you are going to want to talk about when you’re looking for fun.
          But, we talked about it.
          A lot.
          And then we had fun.

  • Solo712

    Strange that this comes from Angela’s own party and not – as one would expect – from the Social Democrats.

    • Exile1981

      It’s not from her party it’s from the SPD – social democrats.

  • WalterBannon

    Squeeze Germany till its an empty husk. Leave nothing for their new Muslim overlords.

  • Maxsteele

    If this happens Germany will go bankrupt. Can you imagine the reparations they will owe all of Europe. Then this would spread to the Japanese, Italy, etc… Remember one of the main reasons for the conditions being ripe for the election of the fascists in Italy and Germany was due to the economic conditions caused by the Allied forces demanding reparations. Time to put this nonsense to rest, the world is full of infinite victimhood.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Conditions are already ripe for fascists in Greece.
      The Golden Dawn is next in line when this new Greek government falls apart.

      • Maxsteele

        Yes, you are right. Socialists always pave the way for the fascists. It’s exactly what happened in Germany, Russia, and Italy. We are seeing that the Europeans are doomed to repeat history once again.

  • robins111

    So when does Canada get to send it’s bill for fixing the politics Germany in 2 wars. That’s gotta be trillions… Or how about paying us for feeding them for about 15 years after the war (Marshal Plan)… and France, and Belgium and Italy and GB and Holland and and and…

  • rabbit

    So some people who personally had nothing to do with Nazi atrocities should pay reparations to some people who personally were not victims of Nazi atrocities. All in the name of justice, I suppose.
    The good news; German taxpayers will not likely go for it, and will let those idiots in the SPD know it.

    • tom_billesley

      Turks living in Germany will leap at the opportunity to contribute to the Greeks.

  • Raymond Hietapakka
  • Just a thought

    Looks like they are asking directions in that photo…

    “Which way is Greece?”

    “Over there.”

    “Quick, driver, turn around and go the other way.”

  • Ron MacDonald

    I that case the families of Canadians killed or injured by the German military should be entitled to compensation as well.

    • ntt1

      no reparations are a stupid idea all round where does it stop?

  • ntt1

    there are many branches of my family tree that are never to flourish. ,victims of two world wars against Germany an her allies. But enough is enough, Your average German is no monster and apart from a spectacular brewing industry are pretty much as any other European. What happened in the first half of the last century could just as easily happened in other countries, it nearly did in Britain with the elites backing of Oswald Mosley, that backing may well have included the Crown.. No reparations. What’s done is done, and todays Germany has clean hands. if any body should be paying reparations it is progressive Marxists and the millions of victims they produce

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The only thing they produce is victims.
      It would be like suing an illegal immigrant.
      You can win but they ain’t ever going to be able to pay.

  • Hard Little Machine

    that’s just leverage they want to apply to get the Germans to stop asking for their loans to be repaid.

  • DMB

    It would be a lot easier for them to accept the reality that they will no longer be able to depend on the state for a living. So its time they got up early in the morning and go to work (unless they are shift workers) just like the rest of us do.

  • I demand reparations in the amount of Poland.