Merkel says Germany recognises responsibility for Nazi crimes in Greece

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Germany has apologised for Nazi-era crimes during the war but has said it is not willing to discuss reparations. "We share the position of Greece on the refugee crisis that it is an issue that concerns everyone", she said, adding that, "we believe every country must contribute to the resolution of this problem."As regards the Prespes name deal, Merkel tells said she believed the agreement was a "positive development not just for Greece and "North Macedonia" for all sides", adding that a "peaceful resolution of the issue is in the interest of all".

Merkel, for her part, said they are aware of the crimes that Nazis had committed in Greece.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday during her joint press conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras that she was "grateful to him for working with the Prime Minister of FYROM, Zoran Zaev in reach a solution to the decades long 'name" issue, adding that the deal with benefit both countries.

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"As Greeks, we consider these demands legally active and [can be] judicially pursued and should be solved in the competent European forum, judicial forum", President Prokopis Pavlopoulos told Merkel.

The issue of past injustices resurfaced during Greece's 2010-2018 economic bailout phase, with Germany targeted for painful cuts imposed by worldwide creditors. Pavlopoulos reiterated Athens' demand for reparations in mid-December during the anniversary of the massacre in the Greek village of Kalavryta, where the male population of the village was almost exterminated by the German army in 1943, pointing to the need for compensation for all of Nazi Germany's, in addition to the occupation loan.

"Yes of course... all my work had this as its objective: that Greece can stand on its own feet, it can successfully return to the markets", Ms. Merkel said. It has denied owing anything to Greece for World War Two since it paid Athens 115 million Deutschmarks in 1960.

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Merkel was to hold talks with conservative opposition New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, an European Union parliament ally of her Christian Democrats.

Greece was forced to hand over 476 million reichmarks, which Greek officials have estimated at $69.14 billion (6-10 billion euros).

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