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Coalition party wants war reparations
August 9, 2017   
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Poland has not received war reparations from Germany until this day despite suffering the biggest losses of all countries during WW2, ruling party Law and Justice (PiS)'s coalition ally Solidarna Polska MP Arkadiusz Mularczyk says in an interview for daily Rzeczpospolita.
The value of those reparations may range from hundreds of billions to 10 trillion dollars, he tells the newspaper.
"The alleged renunciation of war reparations by Poland. . . in 1953 was a huge historical fraud. . . and was not legally binding,. . . as it was declared under pressure," Mularczyk argues.
There is no document in German or Polish archives confirming that this renunciation actually took place in the form required in international relations, he adds.
"Besides, the renunciation concerned just East Germany, not the entire country," the politician remarks.
Asked whether the PiS administration will also claim reparations from Russia, he points out that, unlike Germany, Russia does not respect international order.
The Polish government must come up with very strong legal grounds to be able to claim war reparations from Germany as political declarations concerning the matter will not suffice, presidential minister Krzysztof Szczerski told public TV news channel TVP Info.
This issue should be treated separately from Germany and Russia's undeniable moral responsibility for the losses suffered by Poland under their joint occupation, he added.
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