Alexis Tsipras

I suppose that is one way to try and avoid paying back your enormous debt

The Greeks are trying it on with a massive claim against Germany for war reparations in a blatant attempt to avoid paying back their enormous debt and bail out funds.

Greece has demanded nearly ?279bn in reparations from Germany, more than the value of its current bail-out, as the cash-strapped country continues to pursue?compensation for crimes carried out by the Third Reich.

A parliamentary committee established by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras put an official number on the claim, which includes the cost of a forced Nazi loan made by the Bank of Greece and the return of archaeological treasures.

Greece suffered a brutal occupation at the hands of the Third Reich in 1941, with over 40,000 people starving to death in Athens alone.

Previous Greek calculations for the cost of the country’s occupation have stood at around ?160bn. The revised figures however amount to nearly 10pc of Germany’s GDP. ?? Read more »