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Polish MP says Germany should pay $420 billion in war reparations

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An opposition MP in Warsaw has said Germany should pay Poland PLN 1.5 trillion ($420 billion) in reparations for invading the country during WWII.

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".