Before his visit to Athens, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert attempted to clarify Berlin’s position in the light of new WWII reparations claims from the Greek side, amounting to €280 billion.

Mr Seibert was adamant that Germany’s stance has not changed regarding the matter and firmly stated that “The issue is legally and politically definitively settled”, Proto Thema reports.

“We have discussed this issue really many times,” he continued.

“Our position is that the issue of the German reparations has been legally and politically definitively settled. In this position, nothing has changed. Otherwise, there is no official move by the Greek government”.

When asked by a Polish journalist if there is a coordinated effort between Greece and Poland on the issue, the spokesman for Chancellor Merkel said that he had no information about this.

“It would also be surprising if I had information about possible consultations between Poland and Greece,” he joked.