Joschka Fischer entered politics in 1968, at the height of the German student movement. In 1982 he joined the newly-formed Green party. In December 1985 he was sworn in as the first ever Green Party Minister in the federal state of Hesse, where he held the portfolios of the Environment and Energy. From 1987 to 1991, Fischer was Head of the Green Party Parliamentary Fraction in the State Legislature of Hesse, and from 1991 to 1994 he served a second tenure as Hessian Minister of the Environment and Energy, and held the additional portfolios of Federal Affairs and Deputy Minister President. Following the re-election of the Green Party to the German Bundestag in 1994, Fischer became co-chairman of the Greens’ federal parliamentary fraction. During his years as an opposition leader, he leveraged his party’s growing public acceptance into political success, and moved the Green Party to the centre of German politics, paving the way for participation in the nation’s federal government. In September 1998 the Social Democrats, led by Gerhard Schröder, were able to form a coalition government with the Green Party, ending sixteen years of Christian Democratic rule. Fischer became Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor of Germany.
He was in attendance at MIPIM 2012, where he shared his insights on the German economy. Watch the full video here![youtube]WooRlKEGwLA[/youtube]
Deborah Kan, Presenter, Wall Street Journal
Joschka Fisher, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany
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