Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira, or the astonishing Swiss origin of a Brazilian minister

Published on May 11, 2024 at 9:37 p.m. / Modified on May 11, 2024 at 9:38 p.m.

With his nose planted in the sky, Mauro Vieira observes the dome of Saint-Ours Cathedral, a fine example of classical art which dominates the old city of Solothurn. The guide explains to the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs the subtleties of this “masterpiece of the magic eleven”, the number associated with the Solothurn capital. Ignazio Cassis stands next to him, his hands religiously clasped. What could possibly bring, on this sunny Tuesday, the head of the DFAE and the head of diplomacy of the fifth largest country in the world to walk the streets of the small town caught between the Aare and the Jura massif? The answer, in the form of a riddle, is found in the name of the Brazilian minister whose full declination is Mauro Luiz Iecker Vieira. If we replace the Brazilian “i” with the German “j”, the surname on the maternal side is Jecker. A lineage that leads straight to the Jecker of Erschwil, a town in Schwarzbubenland, a Solothurn region on the borders of Basel-Country and the Jura.

Visit to St Ursus Cathedral in St. Gallen, April 30, 2024. — © Anthony Anex / Keystone

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