Athens — Greece’s parliament began a debate on Wednesday on a resolution to demand the payment of German war crime reparations, an issue long disputed by Berlin. A parliamentary committee in 2018 determined that Germany owes Greece at least €270bn for World War 1 damages and looting, atrocities and a forced loan during the Nazi occupation in World War 2. “These demands are always active. They were never set aside by Greece,” parliament speaker Nikos Voutsis said. The chamber was expected to approve, with cross-party support, the resolution later on Wednesday. It calls on the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras “to take all the necessary diplomatic and legal steps to claim and fully satisfy all the demands of the Greek state stemming from World War 1 and World War 2”. Reclaiming war reparations has been a campaign pledge by Tsipras since 2015. He faces multiple electoral challenges this year, with his party trailing in opinion polls. During a visit to Greece in January, Ge...

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