ANGELA Merkel’s government has admitted it is paying the pensions of 41 Spaniards injured while fighting for the Nazis.
The men were part of General Franco’s Blue Division who fought for Adolf Hitler on the eastern front during World War Two.
A letter from Angela Merkel’s government in response to a parliamentary question revealed €107,352 is paid annually by German taxpayers to the veterans, eight widows and one orphan.
Left-wing German politician Andrej Hunko said it was ‘a scandal that 70 years after the war, Germany is still paying more than €100,000 a year to Nazi collaborators’.
The agreement to pay the pensions was struck between Franco and Germany in 1962.
Around 47,000 Spaniards volunteered to fight for Hitler, with 22,000 killed, injured or listed as missing.