Merkel says Germany conscious of responsibility for Nazism

During second day of two-day visit to Athens

11 January, 17:09

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, JANUARY 11 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking on Friday during the second day of a two-day visit to Athens, said Germany is "conscious of its historic responsibility" for "the suffering" inflicted on the Greek people during the Nazi occupation during WWII.

    Merkel's statements follow those made five years ago by the German president at the time, Joachim Gauck, who publicly asked for "forgiveness in the name of Germany" from the families of the victims of a massacre carried out by the German army during the occupation.

    According to the German government, the question of damages and reparations has already been resolved as part of international accords.

    But in Greece, the debate on the topic came up again following the debt crisis of recent years.

    In the past, a report by Greek national accounting put the value of reparations owed by Germany for the occupation that lasted from 1941 to 1944, and for a forced loan imposed on Athens in 1942, at 162 billion euros. (ANSAmed).

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