Earlier today we reported on the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, lashing out at New York Times columnist Paul Krugman over what he felt was an unfair treatment of his country. Their dispute isn’t over yet, however.
The original complaint came from a blog post where Mr. Krugman labeled Estonia’s recent economic performance as “a terrible — Depression-level — slump, followed by a significant but still incomplete recovery.”
Yesterday evening, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves made a series of angry posts on Twitter taking issue with a blog post written by the New York Times’ Paul Krugman criticizing Estonia’s economic performance. Many who saw the Twitter spat doubted the account actually belonged to Mr. Ilves, but The Politicker reached out to the Estonian government and received confirmation and a statement from the man himself.
“Yes I send my own tweets,” Mr. Ilves said. “It was a sincere and immediate defense of the major and often difficult efforts of Estonia to deal with the economic crisis and to stick to the rules adopted in the European Union.”