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Well, it isn't the Greek government's money. It is money they would like to have. Money they say they have a claim to. This claim is disputed, obviously. The dispute will make some experts for international law rich, but I am not sure if the courts we have can resolve it. If the money was so unequivocally Greece's, previous governments would probably pressed the matter too, and the German government would have chosen a different approach.  

So Greece can claim the money, insist it is a debt that must be paid and all that. That's not the kind of debate I want. It would be very damaging for Europe. Even if we say that Germany started it, that kindergarten: who started throwing sand. And don't count on too much understanding in Germany either. I am fairly sympathetic to the Greek claims, but this sort of debate inevitably brings the sort of "arguments" that make me flap my ears. So, if you want something divisive, that alienates the part of the German public that is on Greece's side, go ahead.

Herrmann's suggestion kills this divisive debate of claims and counter-claims. The question isn't if Greece or Germany owns the money, the question suddenly is if we can have a nice educational and cultural foundation that can do a lot of good. We are suddenly talking about spending money.

by Katrin on Tue Mar 17th, 2015 at 12:54:10 PM EST
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