Couldn't help but chuckle over this, from an EU Observer wrap up of the EU-Russia summit. Apparently, prior to the summit, Czech President Vaclav Klaus got quoted as saying that, as a "big, strong and ambitious country," Russia deserved more attention than, say, Estonia and Lithuania. To which, in addition to summoning the Czech ambassador, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves replied:Translation from the Diplospeak: Who you calling a twerp, twerp?
I am surprised that such a regrettable phrase, which divides European countries into important and unimportant ones, were expressed by a Czech.
Monday, May 25, 2009
From the ever-alert Judah Grunstein at WPR: