Joseph Martin ‘Joschka’ Fischer is the former German foreign minister and Vice Chancellor in the government of Gerhard Schröder from 1998 to 2005. He was also a leading figure in the German Green Party. Since the beginning of September 2006 Fischer has been a senior fellow of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
From 1983 to 1985, Fischer was a member of the Bundestag for the Green party. In 1985, he became Minister for the Environment in Hessen in the first Social Democrat-Green coalition (1985-1987). In the end of the 1980s, Fischer wrote for the publication ‘Stichwort Grün’ and from 1991 to 1994 he was again Environment Minister in Hessen. He served as co-chairman of the Green parliamentary party in the Bundestag. In October 1998 the Social Democrats and the Green Party merged together and Fischer became Minister of Foreign Affairs. After the defeat of the coalition government in the 2005 election, Fischer announced that he would retire to the backbench.
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