After years on Germany’s political centre stage, former foreign minister Joschka Fischer has bowed out of the public arena. Today was his last as an active member of the Green Party group in parliament. He’s heading for the United States with his wife, where he will spend a year lecturing at Princeton University in New Jersey.
German-Iranian Omid Nouripour is taking over his parliamentary seat. “Joschka Fischer is a living legend,” he said. “The Green Party would not be where it is now without him.” From his early days as a leftist militant, to his years guiding the Green Party to a place in government, Fischer was often as popular as he was unconventional. He climbed the political ladder to serve seven years as foreign minister under former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. He managed to keep relations with Washington intact, in spite of his strong opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq.