Tsipras calls for debt reduction, WWII reparations from Germany

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is demanding a further reduction of state debt and an easing of what he sees as dictated austerity measures from Germany.

In an interview with Athens newspaper Realnews published on Sunday, the leftist premier criticized Berlin for functioning as a kind of European savings bank and posting excessive surpluses as southern Europe suffers from record unemployment.

"If that continues, we will see very disconcerting results in the coming elections and referendums [across Europe]," Tsipras said.

The austerity dogma will push Europe "to the brink of dissolution," he said in the interview, calling on northern EU member states to provide financial support to the bloc's troubled south in combatting unemployment.

Tsipras also repeated his call for reparations from Germany for war losses during World War II.

"It is a matter of honour for the country," Tsipras said. "Greece will not back away from its demands."

Over the past five years, Athens made repeated calls for reparations from Germany totalling as much as 332 billion euros (372 billion dollars) for war crimes and damages inflicted during Nazi occupation and mandatory loans Greece was forced to make to the German central bank during World War II.

Germany has insisted that it has honoured its obligations to Greece, including paying the nation 115 million marks under an agreement in 1960.

German officials have also said that the question of war reparations with Greece was settled in the treaty which reunified Germany in 1990.

Last update: Sun, 28/08/2016 - 13:01
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