Monday, May 25, 2009

EU: Some Like It Hot

From the ever-alert Judah Grunstein at WPR:

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:

I am surprised that such a regrettable phrase, which divides European countries into important and unimportant ones, were expressed by a Czech.

Translation from the Diplospeak: Who you calling a twerp, twerp?

2 comments:

James Conran said...

Is Klaus trying to say that Lithuania and Estonia are "far away countries of which we know/care little"?

Justin said...

Isn't Klaus a Russian agent anyway? I'm only half-joking, see "Analyst: Czech president is under Russian influence" at http://www.euractiv.com/en/opinion/analyst-czech-president-russian-influence/article-180642?Ref=RSS