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President of Estonia goes ballistic on Paul Krugman

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves — the "Dean of the Balts" — is not happy about a blog post Paul Krugman put up today snarking on the country’s newfound status as the "poster child for austerity defenders". The president unleashed on his Twitter account:  Let’s write about something we know nothing about & be smug, ...

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Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves — the "Dean of the Balts" — is not happy about a blog post Paul Krugman put up today snarking on the country’s newfound status as the "poster child for austerity defenders". The president unleashed on his Twitter account

Let’s write about something we know nothing about & be smug, overbearing & patronizing: after all, they’re just wogs:

Guess a Nobel in trade means you can pontificate on fiscal matters & declare my country a "wasteland". Must be a Princeton vs Columbia thing [Ilves went to Columbia for undergrad.]

But yes, what do we know? We’re just dumb & silly East Europeans. Unenlightened. Someday we too will understand. Nostra culpa.

Let’s sh*t on East Europeans: their English is bad, won’t respond & actually do what they’ve agreed to & reelect govts that are responsible.

No response yet from Krugman.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves — the "Dean of the Balts" — is not happy about a blog post Paul Krugman put up today snarking on the country’s newfound status as the "poster child for austerity defenders". The president unleashed on his Twitter account

Let’s write about something we know nothing about & be smug, overbearing & patronizing: after all, they’re just wogs:

Guess a Nobel in trade means you can pontificate on fiscal matters & declare my country a "wasteland". Must be a Princeton vs Columbia thing [Ilves went to Columbia for undergrad.]

But yes, what do we know? We’re just dumb & silly East Europeans. Unenlightened. Someday we too will understand. Nostra culpa.

Let’s sh*t on East Europeans: their English is bad, won’t respond & actually do what they’ve agreed to & reelect govts that are responsible.

No response yet from Krugman.

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy  Twitter: @joshuakeating

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