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Poland demands reparations from Germany

Friday, September 8th, 2017 | World News

According to Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, Poland is preparing a demand for Germany: the Federal Republic will pay billions of dollars in war reparations.

  "Poland has the right to reparations, and the Polish state has the right to demand them," said Szydlo on Thursday the radio RMF FM. Poland's government will officially present its position on the issue of reparations as soon as the political decision has been taken, the Prime Minister and Prime Minister said of the PiS (Justice and Justice) party. Their government wanted to seek dialogue with Berlin.

The chairman of PiS, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the right-wing national government, had launched the new debate on Poland's reparation requirements for Germany at the end of July. He accused Germany of withdrawing from his responsibilities for the Second World War.

Claim is legally complicated
Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski named the demands last week with 840 billion euros, also declared a figure of one trillion euros for conceivable. Waszczykowski admitted that the reparation question was legally complicated.

The communist Polish leadership renounced German reparations in 1953. The current Polish government questioned the validity of this statement. She argues that the Warsaw leadership at that time had acted on Soviet pressure.

 The federal government rejects demand
The Federal Government rejects the Polish demand for war reparations. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that Germany was responsible for the "incomprehensible crimes" of the Second World War.

For this, considerable reparation payments had been made to Poland, and Germany continued to pay for the consequences of Nazi injustice, Seibert said. In 1953, however, Poland waived further demands and confirmed this several times. "There is no reason for the federal government to doubt the legal effectiveness of the reparation act of 1953."

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