Joschka Fischer

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(politician)
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BornJoseph Martin Fischer
1948-04-12
Gerabronn, Germany
NationalityGerman
ChildrenDavid Lara
SpouseEdeltraud Fischer
Member ofAlbright Stonebridge Group/Team, Council on Foreign Relations/Historical Members, European Council on Foreign Relations
Perpetrator ofOperation Horseshoe
InterestsCold War 2.0
PartyAlliance '90/The Greens
Single Bilderberg German politician

Employment.png Vice Chancellor of Germany

In office
27 October 1998 - 22 November 2005
BossGerhard Schröder
Preceded byKlaus Kinkel

Employment.png Minister for Foreign Affairs

In office
27 October 1998 - 22 November 2005

Employment.png Minister of Environment and Energy of Hesse

In office
12 December 1985 - 9 February 1987

Employment.png Minister of Environment and Energy of Hesse

In office
5 April 1991 - 5 October 1994

Employment.png Deputy Minister-President of Hesse

In office
5 April 1991 - 5 October 1994

Employment.png Minister of Federal Affairs of Hesse

In office
5 April 1991 - 5 October 1994

Joseph Martin "Joschka" Fischer is a German politician of the Alliance '90/The Greens. He served as Foreign Minister and as Vice Chancellor of Germany in the cabinet of Gerhard Schröder from 1998 to 2005. He was one of the main drivers in changing the Greens from a pacifist philosophy to a pro-war party, and Germany from having a low-key foreign policy to a highly militaristic one.

Background

In 1967, Fischer became active in the German student movement and left-wing movement (post-) 1968 (the so-called Spontis). Fischer was a leader in several street battles involving the radical Putzgruppe (literally "cleaning squad" short for "Proletarian Union for Terror and Destruction"), which attacked a number of police officers and the US army headquarters in Frankfurt.In May 1981, the Hessian Secretary of Commerce Heinz-Herbert Karry was murdered with a firearm that in 1973 had been transported in Fischer's car, along with other weapons stolen from an American army base. A high school dropout, Fischer worked as a taxi driver from 1976 to 1981 and later in a bookstore in Frankfurt. Fischer is a close friend of Daniel Cohn-Bendit, whom he met during that time.

Parliament

From 1983 to 1985, Fischer was a member of the Bundestag for the Green party. His stint in federal parliament saw him frequently engage in a confrontational debating style, grabbing the media spotlight.

In September 1998, the Social Democratic Party of Germany, led by Gerhard Schröder, defeated the Christian Democratic Union government of Helmut Kohl. The SPD's 41% and the Greens' 7% of the vote set the two parties on a possible path to government through a coalition. After several weeks of negotiations, a SPD-Green government took power on 27 October 1998, with Fischer appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs. By 2005, he was the second longest-serving foreign minister in German postwar history (after Hans-Dietrich Genscher).

War Support

Fischker is known for having brought the Green party from a pacifist position to a highly militaristic one, earning the party the moniker "the Olive-greens" (the colour of military uniforms).

As analyst Diana Johnstone points out: "US diplomat Richard Holbrooke declared Fischer 'would make a great foreign minister'...."There are questions to be asked about the meteoric rise of Joschka Fischer. As the ultimate outsider, with a CV like that, how did Fischer gain such sponsorship? How were U.S. policy makers, who have a ways of vetting German leaders, so sure that a former anti-American street fighter would make a 'great foreign minister'? What did they know that we didn't know?[1]

In 1999, Fischer was central in creating support and the vital left-liberal alibi for German military participation in the Kosovo War against Serbia. This was a highly controversial position, since Fischer's wishes not only clashed with the largely pacifist philosophy of The Greens, but because it also supported for the first time since World War II the active participation of German soldiers in combat.

Fischer blasted the lack of German participation in the attack on Libya in 2011, and strongly criticized then Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle[2], who soon after had to resign in disgrace after a vicious media campaign.

Since 2014, Fischer has been active in promoting Cold War 2.0.[3]

Other Policies

In a direct challenge to nation states in Europe, Fischer in May 2000 proposed the creation of a European federation with a directly elected president and parliament sharing real executive and legislative powers. Fischer proposed the eventual enactment of a constitutional treaty that would set out which powers were to be shifted to the new European executive and parliament, and those that remained at national level.


 

An event carried out

EventDescription
Operation Horseshoewar propaganda fake news from 1999

 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)
Bilderberg/20085 June 20088 June 2008US
Virginia
Chantilly


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