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The figure of Willy Brandt returns to the peninsula of Jandía

The Tribute to the German politician included the presentation of a statue in his honour and the inauguration of a photography exhibition

The Deputy of the Common, Jerónimo Saavedra, gave the inaugural conference of Homage to Willy Brandt

The figure of Willy Brandt returned to Jandía with the inauguration of a new promenade that will remind the former German chancellor and the importance that he had for the tourist impulse of Fuerteventura.

The tribute to the German politician included the presentation of a statue in his honour, as well as the inauguration of a photography exhibition on his stay on the island, which has had the collaboration of the Willy Brandt Institute.


The inauguration of the Tribute to Willy Brandt was attended by the president of the Cabildo of Fuerteventura, Marcial Morales, the vice president and councillor of Tourism, Blas Acosta, the mayor of Pájara, Rafael Perdomo, Deputy of the Common, Jerónimo Saavedra, the councillor of Presidency of the Government of the Canary Islands Jose Miguel Barragán, as well as the Consul of Germany in the Canary Islands, Judith Elisa Metz.

Marcial Morales said that this tribute “is an expression of gratitude to the legacy of Willy Brandt, whose figure was providential for the island.” The president added that ” the German tourism in Fuerteventura started thanks to him, closely linked to Jandía.”

Blas Acosta recalled that this tribute aims to “thank and recognize the German people, fundamentally in the figure of Willy Brandt, their contribution to the local economy” as he said “the visit of the politician improved the quality of life of many families of the south of the island “.

Jerónimo Saavedra, in charge of reading the inaugural conference, praised the initiative of the Tourism Board and the City of Pájara for promoting this act and assured that thanks to the monument inaugurated “tourists of all nationalities will remember who was Willy Brandt. An extraordinary mayor, “he said,” of the city of Berlin that managed to dismantle the tension of the divided city and he was the key to German reunification. “

For her part, the German consul in the Canary Islands, Judith Elisa Metz, said that this act is “very important for relations between Germany and Spain” and recalled that Fuerteventura “saved the life of Brandt, when after the recommendation of a doctor he was cured of a respiratory condition on the island. “

The Tribute to Willy Brandt coincides with the 45th anniversary of the German’s first visit to the island, which served as a definite boost for German tourism in Fuerteventura. The images of the chancellor on the beaches of  Fuerteventura were showed on numerous newspaper covers at that time.

The conference will continue this afternoon at the Iberostar Palace Fuerteventura Hotel, with a lecture by the professor of the University of Lisbon, Antonio Muñoz Sánchez, author of the book ‘The German Friend, the SPD and the PSOE of the dictatorship to democracy’ , and holding a round table of participants.

Tomorrow, Saturday, 28th October, the lectures by Professor Patrica Hertel and the President of the Social Council of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Ángel Tristán Pimienta, will continue.

The tribute is organized by the Tourist Board and the City of Pájara and has the collaboration of the Iberostar Palace Fuerteventura Hotel, which will become the first five stars of the area.