Joseph Martin "Joschka" Fischer wasa prominent member Germany’s Green party, who was foreign minister from 1998 to 2005. The former taxi driver was one of the country’s most popular politicians.
Joschka Fischer, born in South Western Germany in 1948, never gained a school-leaving certificate, he never attended a university or a college but joined the left-wing student protest movement in the late 1960s. Politically active since throughout 1970s, he formally joined the then-West German Green Party ("Bündnis 90/Die Grünen," as the party's officially called in German) in 1982. Fischer embraced a frank and confrontational debating style. In 1985, Fischer became Minister for the Environment in the Landtag of Hesse causing a stir when he appeared at his oath of office ceremony wearing trainers. DW stories tagged Joschka Fischer are collated on this page.
Officially, former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer has retired from politics – and now he’s suddenly back on the international stage by virtue of a visit to Iran, ostensibly to deliver a long-planned address at the Center for Strategic Studies in Teheran. But it was very much Fischer the statesman who appeared for an interview with the German ZDF television channel on Tuesday. Jörg Brunsmann reports.