Today's equivalent of the compulsory occupation loan granted by Greece in 1942 is 510 billion euro. "This is money that Germany has never paid us and now, it wants to consider itself our lender. This is not true. Germany must take the payment of the Greek debt and repay the other 200 billion immediately," the Golden Dawn candidate for deputy Christos Pappas said. He presented the economic platform of Greek Nazis in parliament, the top priority of which is to oblige Germany to pay war reparations and compensations to Greece.
There were only two other economic suggestions - to ban imports of products of animal and vegetable origin in order to support Greek agriculture and stockbreeding, and for the state to finance the construction of roads to tourist sites and involve in the construction works only ordinary Greeks, not troops, as it was during the junta. "The army must protect the borders," the Golden Dawn economic expert said.
According to Christos Pappas, a priority not only of the next Greek government but also of the caretaker government must be taking legal actions so as to oblige Berlin to pay its dues to Greece. He referred to the historical investigation of the scientist Dimosthenis Koukounas "The Greek economy during the occupation and the truth about occupation loans", which will be published on Monday, 18 June. "We do not care whether he is left or right, nor do we share his political conclusions. But he submitted documents which show that at the end of the war, Germany owed us today’s equivalent of 100 billion euro and with the accumulated low interest rate of 2.5%, this makes 510 billion euro," the Nazis economist said.
Golden Dawn's press conference, which was held in the Parliament building on Syntagma Square, began with a 15-minute delay, as the flag of the party was not raised in the hall. But after the flag never came, it had to start without it. Christos Pappas cited before the few journalists the French economist Jacques Delpla, who said that Germany owes Greece no less than 575 billion euro and an interview of the German magazine Der Spiegel with the professor of economic history at LSE Albrecht Ritschl, who is adamant that it was a state loan. "It is reasonable to ask ourselves why Greece has not demanded this loan. Why a Greek politician has never thought to do it" Golden Dawn economist asked rhetorically and replied the question himself.
He said that living politicians, who should be held accountable for their criminal neglect of such an important issue for Greece, could hardly be found in 2012. However, he noted, there is one such politician alive and this is Constantinos Mitsotakis, 94, who, according to the Nazis, had personally obstructed the implementation of this supreme national goal twice - in June 1964 as Minister of Finance and in 1990 as Prime Minister. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece in 1995 is to blame too as he stopped the diplomatic correspondence concerning the occupation loan between the two countries. "And do you know the name of this minister? Karolos Papoulias, today’s President. He is also to blame for this," the representative of Golden Dawn recalled.
"The Minister of the Memorandum" George Papaconstantinou (finance minister in the first government of George Papandreou, who signed the contract for financial stability of Greece) was also to blame for the outstanding loan from Germany because ... in 1941, his family bought cheaply the electric factory in Ptolemaida. Caretaker prime minister of Greece Panagiotis Pikramenos is also to blame, as ... his father served the propaganda of the occupiers, because he had a news agency at the time of the occupation.
How should this great historical injustice be corrected? Golden Dawn suggested that a national commission should immediately undertake to settle this issue. It offered the renowned economist and lawyer Vassilios Markezinis, son of Spyros Markezinis, Prime Minister in 1973, to head it.
Asked by GRReporter how it is possible for poor Bulgaria to pay all its reparations and for rich Germany not to pay them, Christos Pappas replied, "This is a very good question. I must examine it."