Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
BTW, the plan for taxing Belgian war laborers was dropped this week, "after a row between Berlin and Brussels":

Berlin won't collect tax from WWII victims - The Local

Germany moved Monday to reassure Belgium that people who suffered forced labour at the hands of the Nazis would not have to pay tax on their compensation, after a row between Berlin and Brussels.

Finance ministry spokesman Martin Kotthaus told a regular news conference in Berlin that a law was due to be passed on Friday which would retroactively make this compensation non-taxable.

"This problem no longer exists, or at least will no longer exist very soon," Kotthaus told reporters.

The victims of forced labour during World War II were compensated by a one-off payment that was not subject to tax, added the spokesman.

by Bernard on Sat Nov 26th, 2011 at 12:43:28 PM EST

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