Greeks suing for Nazi compensation suffer setback

A group of Greeks seeking compensation from Germany for a Nazi massacre in 1943 suffered a setback Thursday when the European Union's high court said the claim was not covered by an EU convention on civil and commercial law. Irini Lechouritou and other descendants of victims of the World War II atrocity have been fighting since 1995 in Greek courts to secure compensation from Germany for financial loss, nonmaterial damage and mental anguish. An earlier bid was rejected on the grounds that such cases could not be brought against a sovereign state. The complainants then took their case to an appeals court, which asked the European Court of Justice if the case could be considered under a 1968 convention on the enforcement of civil and commercial matters.