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War reparations row in debt-ridden Greece

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War reparations row in debt-ridden Greece


As protests against ¨austerity¨ measures in debt-ridden Greece continue - a diplomatic can of worms over war reparations has been opened by the crisis.
Greek taxi drivers are demonstrating against a tax clampdown - part of the government’s attempt to stem a burgeoning budget deficit.
Now a Greek consumer group is calling for a boycott of German goods in a row sparked by the Venus de Milo.
The German Focus magazine’s front cover features the statue with its middle finger raised alongside the headline: “Cheats in the euro family.”
The perceived lack of support from Germany has stirred old grievances between the two countries.
With polls showing a majority of Germans opposed to an EU bail-out, opposition politicians in Athens are now calling on their government to renew demands for Germany to pay reparations stemming from the occupation of Greece during the Second World War.

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