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Greece to push claim for German war reparations: foreign minister
Reuters ^ | April 24, 2013 | Harry Papachristou

Posted on 04/24/2013 1:05:14 PM PDT by C19fan

Greece is planning to pursue a long-dormant claim for reparations from Germany over World War Two, a further strain on relations with Berlin, which foots most of the bill for its 240-billion euro rescue.

The Finance Ministry has compiled a report that takes stock of all relating available documents spanning more than six decades, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos told parliament on Wednesday.

It will be submitted to Greece's legal advisers and then Athens will decide how to officially press its claim, he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: euro; germany; greece; reparations

1 posted on 04/24/2013 1:05:14 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

A little late for that.


2 posted on 04/24/2013 1:05:36 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Wonder why they don’t hit up the Italians.


3 posted on 04/24/2013 1:06:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: C19fan
There has to be some type of statute of limitations.
Otherwise the Jews might as well sue the Italians over being kicked out of Israel 2000 years ago.
4 posted on 04/24/2013 1:07:25 PM PDT by mountn man (ATTITUDE- The Pleasure You Get From Life, Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It.)
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To: dfwgator

Italians will be next : )


5 posted on 04/24/2013 1:07:49 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: C19fan

If they pay off Greece, I could only imagine how much Poland would get.


6 posted on 04/24/2013 1:08:09 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: C19fan

This is issue was forgiven and forgotten, and then along came the euro. What a peace project!


7 posted on 04/24/2013 1:09:14 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: C19fan

Iran will be suing for the Persian Wars any day now


8 posted on 04/24/2013 1:09:24 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: ScaniaBoy

“Don’t mention the war.”


9 posted on 04/24/2013 1:09:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

How about the Turks for 4 plus centuries of occupation? It was the Turks who used the Parthenon as a ammo dump that got blown up.


10 posted on 04/24/2013 1:10:02 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: stephenjohnbanker; dfwgator

>>Italians will be next : )<<

You might as well sue the homeless dude under the freeway bridge. You can win but you won’t collect.


11 posted on 04/24/2013 1:11:13 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: C19fan

That move by Greece is a sign of desperation.


12 posted on 04/24/2013 1:11:53 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: dfwgator

Und wir werden den Krieg nicht erwähnen


13 posted on 04/24/2013 1:13:40 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: mountn man
Otherwise the Jews might as well sue the Italians over being kicked out of Israel 2000 years ago.

And the Egyptians could sue the Jews for that whole 10 plagues thing ... and the English could sue the Norwegians for the Viking raids ...

14 posted on 04/24/2013 1:14:13 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom
That move by Greece is a sign of desperation.

Yes it is. And its pretty meaningless too because it solves noting. Greece is in the mess that its in because its government spends much more than it takes in. It wants to provide a lavish Welfare State for its government employees and citizens (in that order) that it simply can't afford now that it can't borrow anymore. Even if they get a debt reduction from Germany based on this nonsense reparations claim, they will be back in a mess in a couple years because they have not addressed their fundamental problem.

15 posted on 04/24/2013 1:14:55 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: ArrogantBustard

Aren’t the descendants of the Norse raiders pretty much the current population of England? At least the Germans went home.


16 posted on 04/24/2013 1:22:32 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I agree with you. My son got in a financial mess. Wanted me to bail him out. I told him to not until he got his spending under control.

He thought I was a real bad guy until he worked his way out of it. Once he had finally taken serious steps to correct his wasteful ways I did finally help him get his house payments caught up.

And he actually ended up paying me back.


17 posted on 04/24/2013 1:28:28 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I have a similar family situation. My brother wanted my father to lend him money for a down payment on a house. My father said no because my brother’s income was nowhere near what it needed to be to pay the on-going expenses of a house. My brother resented my father for years for not “helping him out” to get a house but I think he realizes now that he would have gotten himself into a total spending mess if he had bought a house at that time.


18 posted on 04/24/2013 1:31:47 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: C19fan

What a bunch of crap. The German government of today replaced one that was obliterated by war. It isnt the debt of some German 30 year old today. This is like slavery reparation arguments in the USA. If you buy a house, you aren’t liable for the child support the previous owner owes.

We did the same thing to Iraq. We obliterated the Baath government of Saddam. A new government was installed, and we and every other creditor on earth, -required- the new government to assume all of Saddams financial obligations.

This fraudulent crap does 2 evil things. It encourages warfare by carefully ensuring that the banksters will not lose any investments due to the fighting. And worse, it encourages banksters and NGOs like the world bank to loan to tyrants that might be overthrown, or who may start wars of their own.

If a banker was thinking of loaning money to a dictator, he would need to consider his risk exposure much more carefully, if his borrower was likely to be deposed by a just war. The new government would not be held accountable.

A more interesting case might be if the Greek government sued the banks that funded the Nazi government.


19 posted on 04/24/2013 1:34:51 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: BenLurkin

Will the free loaders ever get over hating the Germans? It is mighty convenient to ask for reparations now after they bankrupted themselves through mismanagement of their money. WWII ended 68 years ago.

The Germans have been good citizens of the world since then. They had a very proud history until the past two wars. That is what having two lousy, evil leaders will do to a country’s reputation. All the Einsteins, Beethovens, Bachs and and pharnaceutical companies cannot seem to lift the reputation of this country.

Somewhere I read that the Germans will need two centuries for the world to look at Germans just like any other country.


20 posted on 04/24/2013 1:37:31 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: C19fan

but im of the school that war is the end of law and diplomacy. Lawsuits to sue the losers are wrong. The war is how those accounts are settled.

It’s like a reset on diplomacy. Total destruction of a government also destroys its financial debt. This make Germany pay attitude realistically impoverished post WW1 Germany and lead directly to WWII.

No reparations. And no inherited guilt for what dad did or didn’t do.


21 posted on 04/24/2013 1:40:09 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: dfwgator
Wonder why they don’t hit up the Italians.

Or the Turks.

22 posted on 04/24/2013 1:40:30 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: gunsequalfreedom

It looks horribly desperate. Talk about “biting the hand that feeds you”. If it wasn’t for what good will Greece was getting from Germany, I suspect the Greeks would be eating each other in the streets.


23 posted on 04/24/2013 1:42:34 PM PDT by Empire_of_Liberty
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To: Empire_of_Liberty
I suspect the Greeks would be eating each other in the streets.

OPA!

24 posted on 04/24/2013 1:43:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Gumdrop

Somewhere I read that the Germans will need two centuries for the world to look at Germans just like any other country.

Under Bammy and the libs in charge we will soon relieve that burden.


25 posted on 04/24/2013 1:45:56 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Gumdrop

“They had a very proud history until the past two wars.”

It’s extrememly unjustified to lump WWI Germany in with the WWII Nazi effort. A very solid case can be made that England was far more despotic and uncivililized in that war.
British propaganda was a wondrous thing.


26 posted on 04/24/2013 1:47:30 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: C19fan

fine, and while the Greeks have their claims in court, every German company should lay dormant all their investments in Greece - don’t sell them to Greeks, just hold them in mothballs for a period of time equal to how long Greece has not filed raparations claims


27 posted on 04/24/2013 1:49:18 PM PDT by Wuli (very)
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To: mountn man

As a white person, I want reparations from the Africans and Blacks who used us for slave labor to build the pyramids, etc.

I also want reparations from the Romans who fed us to lions.

If I think of more reparations.... I’ll get back to you.


28 posted on 04/24/2013 1:50:40 PM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: C19fan

Dont they deserve royalties from the frat bros in the USA?


29 posted on 04/24/2013 1:52:16 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: C19fan

Too late. Just an excuse to continue being lazy.


31 posted on 04/24/2013 2:14:29 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: C19fan

Things are actually getting a little funny in Europe right now. Merkel gave such a forceful speech about European financial unity, that some wit was suggesting it was a bit too much “Fourth Reich-y”. This made the whole German government tap dance trying to pull back from her “forthrightness”.

For the Greeks to hit the Germans up right now is, from their point of view, a bit of desperation; but from the German point of view, there will likely be a whole lot of fuming about “paying blackmail to untermensch.”

Yeah, kind of a schadenfreude thing from our point of view.


32 posted on 04/24/2013 2:29:07 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: C19fan

And the next time Greece goes crawling to the EU for a loan Germany might just say “no.” Then modern Greece’s short experiment with democracy will be over.


33 posted on 04/24/2013 2:38:23 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Pay em off in Reichsmarks.....


34 posted on 04/24/2013 3:09:04 PM PDT by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: dfwgator

>>>If they pay off Greece, I could only imagine how much Poland would get.<<<

AFAIK Soviets carved a good part of Germany to Poland, shared machinery picked from dismantled German factories and provided German POW slave labor to rebuild infrastructure as a reparation.


35 posted on 04/24/2013 3:19:02 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish
AFAIK Soviets carved a good part of Germany to Poland,

And the Soviets took a good portion of Poland as well.

36 posted on 04/24/2013 3:34:04 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

>>>AFAIK Soviets carved a good part of Germany to Poland,

And the Soviets took a good portion of Poland as well.<<<

Yep, so they have to demand from Russia or Ukraine as soon as Germany has already paid.


37 posted on 04/24/2013 3:39:13 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: dfwgator
If they pay off Greece, I could only imagine how much Poland would get.

Hoo boy! This is really going to tick off the Germans. They are already sick of bailing them out while watching them sit on their lazy Greek a$$es.

38 posted on 04/24/2013 10:19:47 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ArrogantBustard
And the Egyptians could sue the Jews for that whole 10 plagues thing ...

Not hardly. They were just the messengers. They'd have to sue The Almighty!

39 posted on 04/24/2013 10:22:45 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: onyx

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41 posted on 04/24/2013 10:52:57 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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