'Strong Moralizing' A Legal Look at Greek Reparations Demands

Athens has demanded that Germany pay Greece billions in World War II reparations. Berlin, though, has ignored the requests. International law professor Frank Schorkopf says that Germany has already fulfilled its obligations through wealth transfers.
Immediately after his election in Janaury, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras laid flowers at a monument at the site in Athens where hundreds of members of the Greek resistance were shot and killed by the Nazis.

Immediately after his election in Janaury, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras laid flowers at a monument at the site in Athens where hundreds of members of the Greek resistance were shot and killed by the Nazis.

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Professor Frank Schorkopf: "In the past decades, Germany has provided enormous transfer payments, to Greece as well -- not as reparations, but as a part of European integration. We are talking about a high figure in the double-digit billions, a sum that easily reached the level of possible reparations payments."

Professor Frank Schorkopf: "In the past decades, Germany has provided enormous transfer payments, to Greece as well -- not as reparations, but as a part of European integration. We are talking about a high figure in the double-digit billions, a sum that easily reached the level of possible reparations payments."

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