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Poland Sees Legal Grounds to Demand War Damages From Germany

  • Legal analysis says World War II claims haven’t ‘expired’
  • Government hasn’t yet decided whether and how to pursue claims
Warsaw, 1944

Warsaw, 1944

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Poland took a step forward in its push for reparations from Germany, with a parliamentary body saying there’s a legal basis to pursue claims for damages sustained in World War II.

Parliament’s legal-analysis bureau said in an opinion published on Monday that wartime reparations haven’t “expired or lost validity” and that Poland was short-changed on previous German efforts to pay damages for the 1939-1945 war. The Polish government, which finds itself increasingly isolated in the European Union amid accusations it’s eroding democratic standards, hasn’t decided whether or how to pursue any claims.