Former German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (left) during a meeting with the High
Commission of the Allies in 1951: Eschewing of reparations demands "a life-saving gesture"
Think Greece's current economic malaise is the worst ever experienced in Europe? Think again. Germany, economic historian Albrecht Ritschl argues in a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, has been the worst debtor nation of the past century. He warns the country should take a more chaste approach in the euro crisis or it could face renewed demands for World War II reparations.