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Greek President Raises "War Reparations" With Germany

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via Keep Talking Greece blog,

President Karolos Papoulias raised the issue of World War II reparations to his German counterpart Joachim Gauck currently on a 3-day official visit to Athens. But as expected, Gauck repeated the official legal position of Berlin.

Karolos Papoulias told Gauck that Greece has not dropped its compensation claim over the Nazi atrocities and the enforced loan by the Nazi occupiers during the World War II.

“I want to point out that Greece has never given up its claim of German reparations, ” Papoulias reportedly told Gauch at a private meeting in Presidential Manson adding “it is necessary to solve the problem with the earliest possible start of negotiations.”

On his part, Joachim Gauck reportedly spoke of German “atrocities”, of mistakes that have been made in the past.

“I can not take another position than the legal position of the Government of Germany . What I do is , when we [Gauck and Papoulias] get together in Ioannina, to find words and acknowledge the guilt of Germany towards the victims of the area. Guilt is not only material, it has also a moral dimension. In Germany there is a wrong development. Many things have been forgotten. There is a moral obligation. I will show the way. The horrors of Nazism should remain in our memory,” Gauck told Papoulias.

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On Friday, the two presidents will travel to the home town of  Papoulias Ioannina in Northern Greece to pay tribute to victims of the Nazis in Ligkades village, where the Nazis executed 92 people in October 1943.

The Greek President informed his German counterpart on the economic crisis and spoke of the vicious cycle of recession and unemployment, especially among the youth.

The German President expressed his solidarity with the Greek people, acknowledging that sacrifices have been made in the effort to boost the economy through structural reforms. “I want to express my recognition and my respect to those who endure the reforms,” Gauck said repeating the cliche of the famous light at the end of the equally famous dark tunnel.

Gauck will meet also with main opposition party leader Alexis Tsipras from left-wing SYRIZA. The meeting will be attended also by WWII resistance fighter Manolis Glezos, whose main aim is the issue of WWII reparations.

PS and when German President Gauck will officially acknowledge Germany’ guilt in Ligkades village, we will proudly announce, that they all lived happily ever after….

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Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:02 | 4521875 alphamentalist
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paging mr panos. mr panos to zerohedge. mr panos to zerohedge.


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:07 | 4521902 fonestar
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fonestar is here!  Oh wait... that wasn't for me.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:09 | 4521907 Pladizow
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What, do they want 40 cartons of yogurt and a gyro?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:13 | 4521926 Looney
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Reparations for WWII or the upcoming WWIII?  ;-)


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:13 | 4521930 onewayticket2
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yes, reparations....kinda like what obama is doing here in the USA.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:16 | 4521943 superflex
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Ouzo for all


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:21 | 4521975 maskone909
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ouzo is pretty good stuff.  a radiologist once gave it to me as a gift.  changes colors when you chill it. 

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:30 | 4522024 gmrpeabody
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Colors can change when you drink it...

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:11 | 4522241 0b1knob
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Oh god those uniforms!   Makes goose stepping Germans look normal by comparison.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:27 | 4522335 pods
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Who would have thunk that the Greek army would be wearing skirts?

Jesus, haven't they heard any of the jokes going around?


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 18:20 | 4523085 Escapedgoat
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The Spartans weren't wearing Trousers or Pants as the Americans say, They wore KILTS like the Scots and Irish my lad.


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:54 | 4522150 Joe A
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adding water or ice also changes the color but I don't understand why you'd wanna add them. Also try Tsipouro made from grapes.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:13 | 4522250 Dollarmedes
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In other news: Ukraine sues 'cradle of democracy' Greece for fraud.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:55 | 4522475 optimator
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Try it with a little Coke in it.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:22 | 4521982 lordylord
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Politicians act like children.  Why do people pay any attention to them and WHY DO THEY GIVE THEM POWER???  What is it going to take for people to see that governments are corrupt, useless, and unnecessary? 

The poor need to stop treating government like their "pimp daddy"

The rich need to stop gaming the system.

The middle class need to grow a fucking pair and say enough with taxation.  Remove the ability of government to tax and all the problems go away.

"Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient." -HDT

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:29 | 4522014 dogbreath
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I bet those soldiers fight better because they are so fucking pissed off at looking like a bunch of homo's

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:44 | 4522108 madmax1965
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NoShit!  You couldn't pay me enough to wear that uniform!

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 16:25 | 4522624 RaceToTheBottom
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Where have you been for the last few years?

There is no need for taxes.  Print more money.  When there is no downside to deficit financing, there is no need for taxes.

When Corporations are Human, Humans are Corporations, and since Corporations pay no tax, Humans need to pay no tax.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:16 | 4521942 IBelieveInMagic
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Maybe digging around for an Advance or Down Payment for the upcoming one :)

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:20 | 4521970 Looney
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Zactly! Layaway Reparations - start paying me NOW and you can rob me LATER all you want  ;-)


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:09 | 4521908 Mark Carney
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Its their money and they need it NOW!



Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:20 | 4521971 European American
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The Oscar winning ZIonists milked that one for all they could get. That tit is dry, Greece, unless you got some "tribe" genes.



Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:29 | 4522011 Tim_
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There's no business like Shoah business.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:40 | 4522091 alangreedspank
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Mark fuckin' Carney.



Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:17 | 4522272 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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So maybe they should call J G Wentworth ;)

OK, do we have a line after which we can't bring shit up? Will it be when the last person to experience WWII dies? If so, then we're still another 30 yrs out. "Reparations" is begging for cash now, tho they had obviously been able to cope in the nearly 70 yrs since the war ended. I'd hate to be a german diplomat. I suppose it's not in their plans, but it'd be a larf to have him look in the eye of the greek whiner and say "I'll give you something to cry about right now".

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:45 | 4522110 Jonas Parker
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Payment in bitcoins from mt. gox...

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:11 | 4521921 astoriajoe
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I try to listen to that at least once a quarter. Is he on a t-shirt anywhere?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:52 | 4522142 jcaz
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Papoulias?   Hey, that bastard still owes my family reparations from 12 BC when his lions ate my slaves.....

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 18:54 | 4523234 USA USA
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Oh my Goddddd. Their whole army is fat Women!!!!!

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:05 | 4521891 Jayda1850
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Until people realize our global monetary system is a complete illusion, there will be ever more surreal attempts to pay debts that, deep down, everyone knows will never be paid.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:05 | 4521892 williambanzai7
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Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:10 | 4521917 NoDebt
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Bill, I'm not sure you got the proportions quite right on that one.  That's one big damned head.  Yet, somehow, it makes a distrurbing picture even more disturbing.  I like it.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:18 | 4521957 williambanzai7
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Just remember, nothing is ever an accident in my pictures ;-)

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:23 | 4521986 maskone909
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lmfao now i have that horrible song in my head: "i do my little turn on the catwalk, on the catwalk, on the catwalk yeah i do my little turn on the catwalk"

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:31 | 4522034 disabledvet
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these are tens of millions of ghosts that remain best buried.

let us think of a new future, something better. something affirming and without all the vitriol.


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:36 | 4522951 Escapedgoat
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I Found out that his RIGHT eye is operated on and he might be one eyed Monster instead.

if you make o correction Greeks would love it

Thanks Bill

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 21:43 | 4523728 StychoKiller
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"I am NOT Spartacus!"

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:08 | 4521894 NoDebt
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Love the uniforms.  That would certainly make me think twice about "starting something" with Greece.  The tassles on the shoes are a nice touch.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:07 | 4521895 insanelysane
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Hey Greece,

The Old World is looking for reparations for the destruction caused by Alexander the Great and some other warring Greeks.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:34 | 4522941 Escapedgoat
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What about the CITIES  that Alexander son of Philip king of Macedonia Built , Any retuns for THE INVESTMENT?

About 70 Alexandrias were built.

from Alexandria in Egypt to Candahar in Afganistan.


Go figure.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 21:44 | 4523731 StychoKiller
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Alexander was NOT a Greek!

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:07 | 4521900 Gold N Glocks
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The Germans should just say they will be having a panzer tank division dispatched to Greece post haste to deliver their reparations.  Be careful what you wish for =)

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:30 | 4522023 Vergeltung
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I hear that!!   :)


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:07 | 4521901 Winston Churchill
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Glad to see Europe has forgoten all about nationalism.

Bodes well for its future.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:08 | 4521904 Kaiser Sousa
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greeks shut the fuck up and deal with your servitude...

you receive what you deserve by virtue of your surrender to the MoneyChangers.....

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:46 | 4522114 agent default
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Greeks thought the Euro was a get rich quick scheme.  They get what they deserve.

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:10 | 4521913 Yenbot
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That's OK. The Iranians want reparations from the Greeks. Karma's a bitch, neh?

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:15 | 4521939 johnQpublic
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lets cut to the chase


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:28 | 4522006 Cangaroo.TNT
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Du hast

Du hast mich


Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:29 | 4522017 silentboom
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Stop being such a racist.

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