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Monday, September 11, 2017

Poland believes it is entitled to war reparations from Germany

The Polish government is entitled to demand that Germany pay reparations for the massive damage it inflicted on Poland in World War II, an analysis by parliamentary experts has reportedly found.

Poland suffered the biggest losses in Europe during World War II and its right to reparations has not expired under international law.

The study cites international regulations, including the 1907 Hague Convention and “postwar reparation practice” as justifying Poland's right to claim reparations from Germany.

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski told local radio station RMF that “serious talks” were needed with Germany to "find a way to deal with the fact that German-Polish relations are overshadowed by the German aggression of 1939 and unresolved post-war issues."

He said Poland’s material losses were about $1 trillion, or higher.