(London Telegraph) As if Spain didn’t have enough debt woes, now a Polish legislator is calling in a 235m zloty (£45.5m) debt dating back to the 16th century.

At issue is a 430,000 gold ducat loan taken by King Philip II of Spain (1527-98) from Poland’s Italian-born Queen Bona Sforza (1494-1557) to finance the war between Spain and France for control of the Kingdom of Naples, most of which has never been paid off.

Marek Poznanski, a 28-year-old member of parliament with the renegade left Palikot Movement parliamentary caucus, has launched a request for repayment, which Poland’s foreign ministry is currently examining.

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