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Did Greek minister Varoufakis show Germany the 'Stinkefinger'?

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 00:45

(Warning: obscene gestures) Video emerges from 2013 purportedly showing the Greek finance minister giving the 'middle finger' to Europe's economic powerhouse, Germany. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS OBSCENE GESTURES ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis tangled yet again with Berlin on Monday (March 16) after German television aired a 2013 video purportedly showing him making a rude gesture toward Europe's economic powerhouse. Varoufakis denied brandishing his middle finger - known in Germany as the "Stinkefinger" - during a lecture in Croatia where he said Greece should have defaulted in 2010 rather than accept a multi-billion euro bailout package. But the video footage purports to show him doing just that. "What we have done, what the Greek state has done, the successive three different governments have done since the debt crisis - the debt exploded in early 2010 - was a crime against humanity. So I don't defend the fact that we stayed in the euro following the prescriptions that were coming to us from Brussels and Frankfurt and so on. My proposal was that Greece should simply announce that is defaulting, just like Argentina did, within the euro in January 2010 and stick the finger to Germany and say 'well, you can now solve this problem by yourself', right?" he says in the clip. "The video was faked, without doubt," he told German news magazine Der Spiegel's online version on Monday. German public broadcaster ARD, which showed the video on Sunday, said it had seen "no sign of manipulation" but would have experts check it. Varoufakis has regularly traded barbs with Germany, especially with his irascible counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble, since the leftist Syriza party took power in January pledging to end austerity and renegotiate the bailout terms.

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Did Greek minister Varoufakis show Germany the 'Stinkefinger'?

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 00:45