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    Re: Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes

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    After the seismic victory of Greece’s leftist Syriza party in national polling Sunday, the country’s new prime minister, 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, is leading all of Europe down an uncertain path.

    Syriza has vowed to renegotiate the crippling debts saddled on the Greek economy by European lenders — a move that some fear could threaten the unity of the eurozone. Tsipras and his allies, meanwhile, see their ascension as a historic opportunity, as WorldViews discussed here




    Syriza, in particular, has been outspoken about the need for Germany to atone for its past in Greece, or at least show a bit more leniency now as compensation. Tsipras has campaigned on the issue for more than a year, including in the build-up to Sunday's election. "We are going to demand debt reduction, and the money Germany owes us from World War II, including reparations," he said earlier this month.

    A 2013 study carried out by the previous Greek government of defeated Prime Minister Antonis Samaras estimated that Germany owed Greece some $200 billion for damages incurred during the Nazi occupation, the cost of rebuilding destroyed infrastructure as well as loans Nazi authorities forced Greece to pay between 1942 and 1944. The Samaras government, whose critics accused of being handmaidens to Brussels' harsh mandates, did little with the report. Another advocacy group claims that the sum owed to Greece could be as much as $677 billion.

    Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes - The Washington Post
    You don't have to go back too far to find a precedent for what the Syriza government are asking the troika to consider. In 1953 50% of West Germany's war-debt was written off by its western creditors including the US, Britain and France. The remaining portion was repaid but the term of that repayment was extended by a further 15 years. I suspect Mrs Merkel and her attack dogs will suffer a little historical amnesia when this matter is raised.

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    Re: Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    You don't have to go back too far to find a precedent for what the Syriza government are asking the troika to consider. In 1953 50% of West Germany's war-debt was written off by its western creditors including the US, Britain and France. The remaining portion was repaid but the term of that repayment was extended by a further 15 years. I suspect Mrs Merkel and her attack dogs will suffer a little historical amnesia when this matter is raised.
    The only ones with amnesia are the ssupporters of Syriza's actions.

    They forget that Greece entered into the Union under false pretenses and they forget they spent well beyond the limits Spelled out in a Treaty THEY SIGNED.


    And where were Merkels " attack dogs " when German banks were buying up Greek debt under the pretense that Greek debt was a safe investment ?


    Syrzia is exploiting the deaths of his own Country Men just so he can justify welching on hundreds of Billions of dollars in debt.

    Debt that the Greek Government incured while they misrepresented their positions on massive debts and continued to borrow and distribute toxic securities throughout European banks.

    its a pretty low life stategy and it should fool no one..

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    Re: Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    The only ones with amnesia are the ssupporters of Syriza's actions.

    They forget that Greece entered into the Union under false pretenses and they forget they spent well beyond the limits Spelled out in a Treaty THEY SIGNED.


    And where were Merkels " attack dogs " when German banks were buying up Greek debt under the pretense that Greek debt was a safe investment ?


    Syrzia is exploiting the deaths of his own Country Men just so he can justify welching on hundreds of Billions of dollars in debt.

    Debt that the Greek Government incured while they misrepresented their positions on massive debts and continued to borrow and distribute toxic securities throughout European banks.

    its a pretty low life stategy and it should fool no one..


    "Syrzia" isnt a person

    Lmfgdao

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    Re: Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    "Syrzia" isnt a person

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    Tsipras, but who cares.

    Its his party and ideology that are exploiting the deaths of their own citizens just to get out of paying their debts.

    Austerity isn't a policy, its a consequence. A consequence of massive borrowing and spendng.

    You're defending this guy and you're laughing at me ?

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    Re: Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by Fenton View Post
    Tsipras, but who cares.

    Its his party and ideology that are exploiting the deaths of their own citizens just to get out of paying their debts.

    Austerity isn't a policy, its a consequence. A consequence of massive borrowing and spendng.

    You're defending this guy and you're laughing at me ?


    Lolol. Yep im laughing at the clueless

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    Re: Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes

    Quote Originally Posted by SlevinKelevra View Post
    "Syrzia" isnt a person

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    the Mighty Syriza demands a sacrifice! Hail Syriza!

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    Re: Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes

    I don't think it makes much sense to be using this as a pretense. At some point we have to be willing to place events into the past and say that there is no basis for further claims or litigation. That being said if this is the masking that is required to have Germany deliver the substantial haircut the Greek people deserve I wont complain.

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