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Poland will not give up on war reparations demand from Germany, says premier

Mateusz Morawiecki criticizes German ambassador to Poland over his 'Pandora's box' remarks on war reparations

Murat Temizer  | 26.05.2023 - Update : 26.05.2023
Poland will not give up on war reparations demand from Germany, says premier Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki ( Omar Marques - Anadolu Agency )


Poland will not step back from its demand from Germany in WWII war reparations, the country's premier said on Friday.

In an interview with public broadcaster Radio Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said it would be a positive thing to repair what happened during the war time by recognizing the reparations at least to a minimum extent.

In response to a question regarding remarks by Thomas Bagger, German ambassador to Poland, on war reparations, Morawiecki said the ambassador is mistaken morally and politically.

On Wednesday, Bagger said the issue of Germany’s reparations to Poland is a "Pandora's box, and it would be better for this box to remain untouched."

Morawiecki said it will be a long process, but vowed that they will never give up on it.

The Polish premier also said he believes the next generation of politicians will insist on the reparation demand too.

Last September, Warsaw presented a comprehensive report detailing the material losses suffered by the country during the war along with a pledge to demand €1.3 trillion ($1.39 trillion) from Germany in reparations.

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