WASHINGTON POST REPORTS – Politicians in the Czech Republic are set to put decades of debate to an end this week by officially announcing a new name for the country: Czechia.
In a meeting with reporters this week, Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said he supported the move, suggesting that foreigners often mangled his country’s name when he met them abroad. “It is not good if a country does not have clearly defined symbols or if it even does not clearly say what its name is,” Zaoralek said, according to the Czech News Agency.
When the decision does go through, Czechia will officially become the conventional short-form name for the country, while the Czech Republic will remain the conventional long-form name.
The Central European state had been unusual among European countries for not designating a short-form name when it was formed after the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993. The other half of that former nation, for example, has the long-form name of the Slovak Republic but is more commonly known by its short-form name, Slovakia. Other states follow a similar formula: Russia is the Russian Federation, Germany is the Federal Republic of Germany, and so on.
Meanwhile oikotimes.com contacted the European Broadcasting Union. The country’s name for Eurovision 2016 will remain as it is while any changes on the name are set for next year, most likely (we estimate).