The Greens say goodbye to German politician Daniel Cohn-Bendit in a special congress in Brussels after 20 years in European parliament.
With his razor sharp tongue he courted controversy and gave many EU leaders a run for their money in Brussels. Though critical of austerity, his belief in the European model hasn’t faltered as he steps out of the spotlight.
Talking to euronews reporter Rudolf Herbert in Brussels he said, “We need a federal Europe. We need more Europe, a Europe that is able to meet the challenge of globalisation. And we will. We could build this vision of Europe in the years to come.”
As a student in France the 1968 uprising made a star of ‘Danny the red’. President De Gaulle called him “France’s most dangerous scoundrel”, as the unrest heralded the end of his leadership.
Though he may be retiring from politics, Cohn-Bendit will not be resting on his laurels. In pursuit of his second love, football. He will head to Brazil this June to film a documentary.
Speaking from the congress euronews reporter Rudolf Herbert said:
“What Daniel Cohn-Bendit was fighting for and what he still fights for is a tolerant, democratic, free Europe. In that respect he is an exception, a role model, maybe even a legend.”