According to German newspaper Die Zeit Vice President Venizelos requested from ECB executive Jörg Asmussen to “doctor” official data on the deficit.

The ECB has refused to comment on the newspaper’s report, while Mr. Venizelos has denied the allegation. The newspaper reports that this request was an example of “old Greece”.

The newspaper detailed that Mr. Asmussen “almost fell out of his chair” when Mr. Venizelos allegedly asked him to change the official divs, in order reduce or even close the gap completely with the government’s goals.