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Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Estonian president hammers Paul Krugman on Twitter

Estonian President Toomas Ilves and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. (Getty Images)

There are Twitter feuds — and then there are high-class Twitter feuds. Witness Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves taking on New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

The Nobel-winning economist blogged Wednesday that he’s unimpressed by Estonia’s so-called recovery: “This is what passes for economic triumph?” Ilves shot back in a series of angry tweets: “Let’s write about something we know nothing about & be smug, overbearing & patronizing; after all, they’re just wogs.” And then: “Guess a Nobel in trade means you can. . . declare my country a ‘wasteland’. . . ” And then: “What do we know? We’re just dumb & silly East Europeans. Unenlightened. . . ” And so on, with several more hotly sarcastic jabs. Krugman stayed out of the Twitter fray and only barely acknowledged the tirade in a follow-up essay Thursday.

Er, is that really the president of Estonia? Using phrases like “Chill” and “y’all”? The embassy confirmed Thursday that it is.

Tweets after the jump. . .

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