The whiff of contagion The Economist
Archived Articles 10 Mar 2009  EWR
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Eastern Europe’s woes are not unmanageable. But they are not being managed. The result could be catastrophe

Correction to this article
Sarah Hanson

AMID the wreckage of Latvia’s retailing industry, which has declined 17% year on year according to the latest figures, one item is selling well: T-shirts with seemingly mysterious slogans such as “Nasing spesal”. Latvians are glad to have something to laugh about, even if it is only their finance minister, Atis Slakteris. In an ill-judged foreign television interview, using heavily accented and idiosyncratic English worthy of the film character Borat, he described his country’s economic problems as “nothing special”.

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