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Less than a week after a top-secret document was leaked that suggested billions are owed by Germany to Greece in war reparations, Berlin has rejected the claims.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said: “I deem that such statements are irresponsible. Instead of misleading the people in Greece it would be better to show them the road to reform.” He is also reported to have said: “The issue was settled a long time ago. Paying reparations is out of the question.”

The report was drafted by a team of experts at the Finance Ministry in Athens before being leaked by the Greek daily newspaper To Vima on Sunday.

The team’s findings suggested that 108 billion euros is owed for damage to Greek infrastructure, with another 54 billion owed for a loan that Greece was obliged to take out in order to pay Berlin during the war.

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