Greece Mulls German Asset Seizure if Berlin Says No to WWII Reparations – Report
19 Apr 2019

"Earlier this week, Greek lawmakers voted in favour of a resolution demanding that Germany pay billions of euros in reparations for Greece’s suffering during World War II – a matter that Berlin, for its part, insists was settled decades ago.

The Greek government is considering confiscating German property if Berlin refuses to pay damages for the Nazi occupation of the country in the Second World War, Der Spiegel reported.

According to the news outlet, if Germany refuses to settle the issue of reparations, Athens would explore legal possibilities to break the impasse: either to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice in The Hague or turn to the London Court of International Arbitration.

Another option would envisage exerting pressure on Germany by confiscating its assets in Greece. Der Spiegel has noted that until now, no Greek government has ventured to do so out of concern that such a step would undermine relations with Germany as a lender and trade partner, as well as scare off German tourists."

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