Politics | September 14, 2001, Friday // 00:00

The Bulgarian Literature Faculty in the Veliko Tarnovo `St Cyril and Methodius University` demanded the withdrawal of professor`s Otto Kronsteiner honorary doctor`s degree for his contribution to the Bulgarian studies. The Austrian professor is director of the Slav Studies Institute of Salzburg University Prof. Kronsteiner suggested that the Cyrillic alphabet should be replaced with the Roman alphabet, arguing that Bulgarian studies had no future. The Department of Bulgarian Literature finds the changes in Prof. Kronsteiner`s views in recent years incompatible with the traditions and the nature of the Veliko Turnovo University, named after the brothers who invented the Cyrillic alphabet. That is why the Bulgarian Literature University`s Department asked the degree withdrawal. Prof Kronsteiner was made honorary doctor of Veliko Turnovo University in 1990 for his work that defended the Old Bulgarian and Bulgarian medieval cultural values. He is also an honorary doctor of `St Kliment Ohridski University` in Sofia. President Peter Stoyanov conferred on him the Order of the Balkan Range. The Department of Bulgarian Literature wrote to Prof. Kronsteiner to express surprise from the changes in his views. The Academic Council will discuss the Department`s proposal on September 17.

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Politics » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria