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Germany

Fischer Doesn't Want to Lead Opposition

Germany's current foreign minister and the Green Party's most powerful politician said Tuesday that he will not lead the Greens in parliament. Joschka Fischer, the foreign minister for the past seven years in the Social Democrat-Green party coalition government, told reporters that he planned to stay in the parliament, but didn't want to lead the Green Party faction. "I want to let younger (members) take the lead," he said. During campaigning, Fischer had consistently described the opportunity to lead the Greens as an opposition party in parliament as "attractive." The 57-year-old said he wouldn't be against taking a minister position should his party join the government. The Greens, which garnered a disappointing 8.1 percent of the vote on Sunday, are currently being discussed as possible coalition partners for both the Social Democrats and the Christian Democratic Union.

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