Greece’s bid to get World War II reparations for a forced loan to the Nazis is getting support from a top German judge who said the claim is just.
In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine, Dieter Deiseroth, a judge at the Supreme Administrative Court, said that the Greek claim for compensation regarding the money given by the Bank of Greece (estimated at some 11 billion euros in today’s money) has a strong basis as “there’s a lot of evidence to suggest it was a loan.”
Deiseroth also argued that private claims for compensation are also valid. “Greece has not waived its demands,” said the judge, who added that an absence of legal action from Athens so far does not constitute an abandoning of claims.
The coalition government led by Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras insists Germany has not paid for the full cost of damages wrought by the atrocities although the German government said the issue was settled decades ago.
Germany is the biggest contributor to two bailouts of 240 billion euros ($260 billion) from international lenders, making the Greek demand for compensation even more delicate as Tsipras is seeking support from Chancellor Angela Merkel in his negotiations with the troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB).