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Fischer after Solana?

Postby farmer on Tue Oct 25, 2005 5:04 pm

Colourful Fischer quits German stage<br>
Tue Oct 25, 2005<br>
BERLIN (Reuters) - One of Germany's most colourful politicians of the last two decades, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, has abruptly pulled the plug on his electrifying career.<br>
The charismatic leading member of the Greens party, who has long enthralled and entertained Germans with his meteoric rise from high school dropout to self-educated vice chancellor, voluntarily moved to parliament's back bench last week.<br>
He will soon be replaced as foreign minister after last month's election saw Germany's governing coalition lose its majority, heralding a return to opposition for the Greens.<br>
Fischer led his environmental party off the opposition benches and into government in 1998, where they have left their stamp on sweeping social, energy and foreign policy changes.<br>
But the show -- at least in Germany -- is over now even if the man who reinvented himself a dozen times on a journey from stone-throwing revolutionary at a car factory to necktie-clad minister may still have his eye on top international jobs.<br>
<!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Fischer, 57, was once seen in Brussels as a leading contender to succeed Javier Solana, 63, should the European Union foreign policy chief resign before his term ends in 2009.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br>
"I was one of the last live rock 'n rollers in German politics," Fischer said in his only newspaper interview since he surprisingly announced he would not lead the Greens in parliament. "Now the lip-synching generation is coming...."<br>
"The public has long been fascinated by Fischer's life, his four broken marriages and his tendency to rapidly lose weight, gain it back and then lose it again..."<br>
"...Earlier hopes for a dream job -- as EU Foreign Minister -- were foiled by the woes of the EU Constitution, which was rejected in French and Dutch referendums this year.<br>
Others have mentioned his name for top U.N. position..."<br>
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Doubt It

Postby Gadd R on Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:45 am

I don't think Solana has any intention of resigning the power he has. Most men who lust for power die in office rather than step down. <p></p><i></i>
Gadd R

Re: Doubt It

Postby bdchandler on Wed Oct 26, 2005 4:28 am

Yes... but here is a charismatic leader... one that will "grab" the worlds attention.<br>
BartC <p></p><i></i>

Re: Doubt It

Postby bondservanttojesus on Wed Oct 26, 2005 7:38 am

Fischer was a radical when he was young. There is a picture of him beating a policeman at a demonstration in the 70's. I've forgotten most of the details, so I'll try to look it up.<br>
Here is a description of the event the pictures captured...<br>
The Passion of Joschka Fischer<br>
by Paul Berman<br>
Post date 08.21.01 | Issue date 08.27.01<br>
[Part I of a special serialized essay by Paul Berman. Parts<br>
II and III will be published later this week and early next week.]<br>
Last January, Stern magazine in Germany published a set of five grainy<br>
photographs of Joschka Fischer, the German foreign minister and vice<br>
chancellor, as a young bully in a street battle in Frankfurt. It was April<br>
1973. The photos showed: a figure in a black motorcycle helmet, labeled as<br>
Fischer, facing off against another figure in a white policeman's helmet,<br>
with a dented Volkswagen squatting in the background; the black-helmeted<br>
Fischer drawing near, and a skinny girl or maybe a long-haired boy (this<br>
was an androgynous era) running to join him; Fischer and other people on<br>
the attack, the white-helmeted cop going into a crouch; Fischer's<br>
black-gloved fist raised as if to punch the crouching cop on the back,<br>
Fischer's comrades crowding around; the cop huddled on the ground, Fischer<br>
and his comrades appearing to kick him, with two additional people<br>
watching. And no more dented Volkswagen. The photographer has evidently<br>
been circling around the skirmish, snapping his camera in what must have<br>
been a frenzy of adrenaline, each picture taken from a different angle.<br>
Those were brutal photographs. One glance at them and you were back in the<br>
days of left-wing street fighting from the late 1960s and 1970s, when young<br>
militants in West Germany were always pouring into the streets, and<br>
Volkswagens were getting dented right and left. And the photographs, having<br>
conjured the past, provoked an outcry. The Joschka Fischer of 2001 was a<br>
member of the party called, in expressively anti-bureaucratic fashion, "the<br>
Greens"a man of the left on its hipper, friskier side. He happened to be<br>
the very first Green to hold a ministry in Germany's federal government,<br>
let alone the foreign ministry. A powerful man, therefore a man with<br>
enemies. The photographs gazed blearily at the world from the semi-glossy<br>
pages of Stern, and flames of Christian Democratic wrath erupted at once<br>
from those many partisan enemies. Germany's foreign minister had disgraced<br>
himself in those photographs; had embarrassed his nation; had lost the<br>
ability to represent Germany to the world; ought to be investigated, to be<br>
indicted, to resign.<br>
The street battles of 1973 took place long ago, and it could have been<br>
supposed that Fischer's enemies, having given vent to a thousand pent-up<br>
furies and Christian Democratic resentments, would eventually calm down,<br>
and the scandal of those ancient photographs would fade.(excerpt)<br>
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Re: Doubt It

Postby Misty on Tue Nov 01, 2005 5:47 am

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Here's a link of his biography. Terrorist ties, extreme violence...<br>
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