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Steinmeier in the footsteps of Humboldt : summit on 4000 meters altitude

curved Than Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Entourage last week, with the car to the volcano Antisana up, the air so bright and clear that the Locals cheered. T

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Steinmeier in the footsteps of Humboldt : summit on 4000 meters altitude

curved Than Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his Entourage last week, with the car to the volcano Antisana up, the air so bright and clear that the Locals cheered. There were only ten days in the year for such weather, they said – radiant sun on the snow-capped peaks of 5700 meters range. Also the travel of the cone of the volcano Cotopaxi naked have shown, was not unusual.

Perhaps the Ecuadorian hosts have exaggerated a little. They were proud of the visit of the German President and his wife Elke Büdenbender. According to Ecuador, travel, German politicians rarely. In the villages the people stood on the roadside and waved to the motorcade. In the capital, Quito, the area was cordoned off around the presidential Palace, widely, martial, special units and heavy armored vehicles dominated the scene. Some German journalists but, for a stroll through the 16. Century decline in the centro historico of the Steinmeier-troops were removed, were attacked by demonstrators as "Gringos" and "sons of Bitches".

Steinmeier is green, German President

state visits usually stay in enclosed spaces where politicians walk on matched surfaces. In Steinmeier's first trip to Latin America as President, she led him to Colombia and Ecuador, it should be something different. He went out in the free nature, made a trip to the galápagos Islands, met scientists and conservationists, and talked with Refugees from Venezuela.

The Six-day Trip was dedicated to Alexander von Humboldt, who discovered this area of the world to the year 1800 new, and in the Act of empathy and curiosity, art and research, ecological Thinking, and world politics were not in contradiction. Steinmeier is a green President. As foreign Minister he had told the Humboldt attributed the sentence "The most dangerous belief is taken to heart the belief of those who have looked at the world, never" he on the return flight to Berlin.

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Both of the Humboldt brothers, Alexander and Wilhelm, were for the Prussian state diplomatic on the road. Wilhelm officially, Alexander more behind-the-Scenes. Great men of state, you could have both, but they pursued other plans, rushed in poetry and science. Therefore, you, Alexander from practice a strong fascination for politicians. The gentlemen of the Humboldt thought, followed their passions and interests. Your powerful Ego is a social obligation.

Ecuador and its volcanoes moved to Humboldt magically

In Latin America, Alexander is revered like no other historical personality, his practical philosophy, scientists and writers inspired. You can feel it in every conversation in Cartagena, Bogota and Quito. In Lima, it is no different. He builds a bridge between the old and the so-called new world, who wants to invent with Humboldt's natural ideas once again. The presidents of Ecuador and Colombia, Moreno, and Duque, place in a sustainable economy, policy and Ecology.

in any case, they emphasize the often. It distracts a little from other problems. Humboldt and the protection of the environment and biodiversity, this is a positive theme, especially like the European politicians and tourists. Thus, Ecuador and Colombia clearly set themselves apart from the devastating environmental policies of the new Brazilian President Bolsonaro, treated like Donald Trump, the nature as a inconsiderate undeveloped resource. Ecuador and its volcanoes attracted Humboldt magical. The Antisana was the first giant of the German extreme researchers tried. Pinchincha, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo followed – that's where Humboldt was at the time sensational climbing record of 5892 meters.

view of the Andes. Humboldt's famous panoramic graphic to the "geography of plants", in 1807.Figure: Humboldt University of

The Vulcan is moving and shaping the earth, creating new Land, developed during earthquakes and lava eruptions, catastrophic forces. If the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities call Humboldt project "science of movement", then, is meant by this also: Everything flows, nothing is set. Humboldt said: "it's All interaction." The view from a volcano, a giant on the Land with the sensations, compare the astronauts describe, if you look from space to the earth. She looks so beautiful and fragile.

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the Federal President on Latin American trip by Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the Humboldt's tracks

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Below the Antisana, at about 4000 meters altitude, the hut, in the Humboldt and his companions camped. Steinmeier was in addition to a photo shoot. Most of the people get in the thin air of four kilometers above sea level headache, the heart pumps faster, sudden dizziness belong to the altitude sickness. Steinmeier marched tirelessly.

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