Poland – Lithuania, the “W” dispute.

14 Jan 2011

“Poland and Lithuania are deeply divided over the letter w. Used a lot in Polish, the letter doesn’t exist in Lithuanian. That and other spelling differences are irritating Lithuania’s Polish minority, who demand the right to spell their names in Polish in passports and other documents…in recent months other disagreements have helped escalate it to a full-blown diplomatic standoff….Similar disputes are happening elsewhere in Eastern Europe. A Slovak language law limiting the use of Hungarian and other minority languages went into effect Sept. 1, 2009, stoking political tensions between Slovakia and Hungary and garnering criticism from EU authorities.”

 Article – AP Lithuania – January 14th, 2011

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