Germany: Expert commission on war reparations dispute a possibility — Gabriel to Polish FM

Appearing alongside his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz in a press briefing in Berlin on Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that the German government would be open to setting up a commission to explore the dispute of war reparations between the two countries. Specifically, the foreign minister suggested the formation of a group of scientific experts who could look into... Еще the reparation requests in detail. Gabriel noted that «it is not helpful to rely on legal positions when there is a societal debate in an important neighbouring land», concluding that it could be helpful to ask a group of scientists to «analyse» the situation. Czaputowicz agreed with the idea, stating that the discussion «should be based on experts' opinion». Polish nationalists have called for war compensation from the German state. However, Gabriel also made it clear during the press briefing that under international law the matter of reparations had long been concluded. On a different note, both foreign ministers emphasised the importance of a close German-Polish relationship for the EU and their respective countries.

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