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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Arrogant German stance is idiotic

Germany's Minister of Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, described Greece's demands for reparations as "stupid" on Tuesday. He's oversimplifying the situation, finds the left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau: "Germany's 'lord of the manner' stance in simply declaring a glaring conflict as settled is not acceptable in view of the crimes on which the demands are based. ... Even after the 1990 Two Plus Four Agreement, Germany, which had supposedly settled all post-war demands, has reached special agreements on compensation for Nazi crimes, for example in the form of foundations for forced labourers. Why not seek a similar foundation model for Greece? Factually the current demands being made of Greece have nothing to do with Greece's historical demands directed at the occupying power Germany. They can't be balanced against each other fiscally. But the moral question deserves a different answer."

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