Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s call for Germany to pay World War II reparations has been rejected by Berlin again.
With his Radical Left SYRIZA party floundering in the wake of his reneging on anti-austerity promises, Tsipras has been accused by critics of using the often-squashed WWII reparations issue to distract attention from what they said is a failing administration.
During a news conference in Thessaloniki, Tsipras however again insisted he will not rest until Germany pays, although it is the biggest contributor to international bailouts and as he has repeatedly relented to its demands for more harsh conditions in return for money.
A German government spokesman, Steffen Seibert, on Sept. 12 said the matter has ended for his government, legally and politically.
“There is not chance of us accepting negotiations with Greece over the issue of reparations,” he said, the Greek business newspaper Naftemporiki reported.
Speaking at the inauguration of an annual trade fair in the northern Greek city, Tsipras said the issue remains open for Athens. “As a result, we won’t leave it in some officer drawer…” he said.