German FM rejects Poland’s war reparations claims

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has rejected Warsaw’s claims for war reparations, saying they were an attempt at worsening ‘close and good’ Polish-German ties, according to German weekly Der Spiegel.

Poland has said it deserved to be compensated for the damages inflicted by the Nazi regime during World War Two, and that it was working on analyses and an official position.

But Gabriel was cited by Der Spiegel as saying: “Reparations claims were an attempt to worsen the close and good ties which have developed between Germany and Poland over the years”.

Gabriel added that the German government should “stay calm”, that Polish-German ties are the best they have ever been and “we want it to stay that way,” the weekly said.

The head of Poland’s ruling conservative party in July said that Poland was never compensated for “huge” loses in World War Two.

A parliamentary group in Warsaw on Monday said Poland’s claims for reparations were valid, but a group of experts at the Bundestag earlier said they were not.

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