Polish MP says Germany should pay PLN 1.5 trillion in war reparations
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An opposition MP in Warsaw has said Germany should pay Poland PLN 1.5 trillion (EUR 350 billion, USD 420 billion) in reparations for invading the country during WWII.
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The comments by Marek Jakubiak, a deputy for the anti-establishment Kukiz' 15 grouping, came after an MP from Poland’s ruling conservatives last week said he had asked parliamentary experts for a report on whether Poland can claim reparations from Germany.
Jakubiak told public broadcaster Polish Radio: "The fact that we are a poor country does not come from the fact that we are idiots. The Germans burned our homeland. We we lost 50 years."
Jakubiak added: "I do not want a war with the Germans, I do not want bad relations with Germany... The Germans have to pay for the damage done to Poland and then we will talk normally as partners," he said.
Jarosław Kaczyński, head of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in late 2015, said at a convention in July that Poland never received compensation for the massive war damages it suffered in World War II, losses which "we have really still not made up for".
PiS deputy Arkadiusz Mularczyk said a report from parliamentary experts on whether Poland can claim reparations from Germany should be ready by the middle of August and would then be handed to the government.
Mularczyk said that nearly six million Poles were killed during the war from 1939 to 1945, when their country was invaded by Nazi Germany.
He added that seeking war reparations from Germany was a "moral duty".