Greek government formally asks Germany for billions in war reparations

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Greece's government announced they have formally asked Germany to enter talks on paying huge reparations, which is owed to the country from World War I and World War II.

The Greek Foreign Ministry said Greece’s ambassador to Germany submitted a formal request on Tuesday.

A parliamentary committee in 2016 estimated that Greece could claim minimum reparations of 292 billion euros ($328 billion) for World War II and an additional 9.2 billion euros for World War I.

Germany has denied being obliged to pay reparations, saying the country's wartime debts were resolved long ago.

Pursuing the matter is popular with Greek citizens, and SYRIZA is said to be putting this forward to coincide with their current election campaign, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called snap national elections on July 7.

*Source: Associated Press