Update, March 21: This article originally stated that the 2013 video of the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis raising his middle finger during a speech about defaulting on credit owed to Germany is a fake, based on a confession made by the German satirist Jan Böhmermann. New reporting shows that the video is apparently real. The article has been updated.
If a government is running out of cash, watching depositors pull hundreds of millions of euros from local banks, and scrambling to meet deadlines for the $212 billion it owes other governments, a video purporting to show its finance minister giving the finger to its biggest creditor doesn't help.
The supposedly just-discovered footage of Greece's now-Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis flipping off Germany at a conference two years ago has sparked a controversy, which the German tabloid Bild quickly dubbed "Fingergate." Shortly after the video was aired by German broadcaster ZDF, the host of a satirical German TV show, Jan Böhmermann, claimed he had doctored the footage. Now, The New York Times has reported that the video is real—Martin Beros, who edited the original footage in Croatia, says it “is the original, undoctored, unmanipulated video that I edited.” This tale of the "Stinkefinger," as the Germans call it, is an apt symbol of the tensions between Greece and Germany over the former's debt crisis.