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Help us like you were helped after war, Italy's virus hit cities tell Germany


Italian mayors and regional governors on Tuesday bought a page in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper to ask Germany for solidarity amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying that other states agreed to cut its debt after World War Two. Italy has seen more fatalities from the coronavirus than any other country, with 11,591 deaths as of Monday, about a third of the global total, and more than 100,000 cases. The initiative underscores Italians’ growing resentment against what is seen as Germany’s indifference towards its plight as Berlin refuses to heed calls from other countries for the issuance of mutual debt to help their battered economies. “Dear German friends, memory helps make the right decisions,” the letter says, after referring to a 1953 agreement to reduce Germany’s debt to help its post-war recovery.

31 March 2020


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