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I'm not sure if you are talking about the Greek justice minister? WWI was mentioned in the context of Germany having been repaying a debt from that war up until the 1970s (and thus 60 years later). As for private property, I have seen no such proposal coming from the Greek government (as opposed to the Greek press)

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by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sat Mar 14th, 2015 at 05:18:18 PM EST
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Yes,  I am.

I was talking about this guardian report:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/12/german-anger-over-greek-demand-for-war-reparations

"Seizures of property that could extend to holiday homes of private German citizens would be used to compensate victims of a second world war Nazi massacre of 218 Greek civilians in the village of Distomo, the government said."

and:

"The demands stem from a Greek finance ministry report published in December 2014 which calculated on the basis of expert assessment that Germany "owed" Greece €9.2bn for the first world war, €322bn for the second world war and €10bn for money Greece was forced to lend the Nazi regime in 1942."

by IM on Sat Mar 14th, 2015 at 06:44:17 PM EST
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No this is completely wrong. The seizures might affect German public property in Greece (although it isn't clear that they can, and what property) and they are a result of a Greek High Court decision on a private lawsuit by the survivors of the Distomo massacre, and families of those slaughtered. This is about 29 million Euros awarded in damages to those survivors / families in 2000.

The issue of the loan and of reparations is a totally separate issue from Distomo and cannot involve the private properties of anybody. I don't know who suggested that, but it wasn't the Greek minister of justice.

In 2000 when the decision was first issued, there had been some first steps to implement it by the Distomo families' lawyers, attempting to confiscate the Goethe Institute building in Athens, but these were blocked by the then Greek government.

About the WWI claim I can't even find any mention, anywhere. This is absolutely a non-existent issue, and certainly not what this Parliamentary committee is about. Truly irresponsible reporting by the Guardian

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Sat Mar 14th, 2015 at 09:45:51 PM EST
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The issue of the loan and of reparations is a totally separate issue from Distomo and cannot involve the private properties of anybody.

Well, if Germany is unwilling to comply with Greek court rulings, or unwilling to enforce them, then surely Greece has the option to apply sanctions to Germany, including freezes of the assets of German residents.

That is pretty standard practice for dealing with rogue states.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Mar 15th, 2015 at 05:25:38 AM EST
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As reported b the Guardian it is abuot more then Distomo.

 By the way, the lawyers of the Distomo families did not demand this.

by IM on Sun Mar 15th, 2015 at 05:15:16 PM EST
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The lawyers of Distomo demanded asset seizures.

Are you saying something else?

by Upstate NY on Sun Mar 15th, 2015 at 08:13:38 PM EST
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Yes, I do.

At least this time, they didn't.

by IM on Sun Mar 15th, 2015 at 10:39:42 PM EST
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The Distomo peope have put a lot of pressure on the new gov't. Your information is incorrect. This is the second time in a month that Tsipras has even addressed reparations and the loan in Parliament. This is happening because of people like Glezos. The Distomo people are also seeing a more sympathetic gov't for the first time.
by Upstate NY on Mon Mar 16th, 2015 at 08:21:40 AM EST
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