Joschka Fischer

(Joseph Martin "Joschka" Fischer)

Joschka Fischer
Joschka Fischer
  • Born: April 12, 1948
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Politician









Joseph Martin "Joschka" Fischer is a German politician of the Alliance '90/The Greens. He served as Foreign Minister and as Vice Chancellor of Germany in the cabinet of Gerhard Schröder from 1998 to 2005. Fischer has been a leading figure in the West German Greens since the 1970s, and according to opinion polls, he was the most popular politician in Germany for most of the government's duration. Following the September 2005 election, in which the Schröder government was defeated, he left office on 22 November 2005. In September 2010 he supported the creation of the Spinelli Group, a europarliamentarian initiative founded with a view to reinvigorate the strive for federalisation of the European Union.

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As an ideologically based movement, socialism is no longer vital. Today it's a combination of democracy, rule of law and the welfare state, and I'd say a vast majority of Europeans defend this -- the British Tories can't touch the National Health Service without being beheaded. Democracies & Republics
Bob Dylan was more important for my political orientation than Karl Marx. Miscellaneous
Even in the United States, 'you have a sort of welfare state, even if you don't want to admit it -- you don't allow people to die on the street. Welfare
I am too realistic to believe in pacifism. But, nevertheless, the use of force should always be the last resort. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
With all due respect, Mr. President, you are an asshole. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You’re going to have to occupy Iraq for years and years. The idea that democracy will suddenly blossom is something that I can’t share...Are Americans ready for this? Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A transitional government is the beginning of a transfer of sovereignty. It's a question of Iraqi security and moving forward with the political process. Government
Everybody is talking today about the economy.
I don't believe, in the 21st century, in the balance of power system. This is a European idea of the 19th and 20th centuries. Power
India has been contributing very much to the reconstruction of Afghanistan; we are strongly engaged there.
Solutions must be based on compromises.
The participation in European elections was always not very exciting. People are very interested in European issues, but they don't see the person who is representing Europe.
The situation in Iraq is dangerous but the regional situation is also very complicated and precarious.
The United States is our most important ally. They helped us many times. Without the United States, the unification or German democratisation after the Nazi period would have been much more complicated, or almost impossible.
There are differences in the world community. But we have a common interest in a strong multilateral system.
There is an ongoing debate about the reform of the U.N. system.
We are ready to train new Iraqi forces outside Iraq. We did it in Abu Dhabi.
We had to move forward after the war and see the realities. War & Peace
We have an interest in excellent relations because we are neighbours as Europeans with Russia. We are allies with the United States in the NATO framework.
We have every interest in seeing that the military use of nuclear power will be contained. Power
We shouldn't discuss the world of tomorrow in terms of becoming a balance to the United States. The real issue is whether the United States will define herself as part of the U.N. system-or not.
We were in opposition to the decision to go to war. But after the war happened, it was clear that you could not sit and look-there would be a breeding ground for terrorism or a new collapsed or failed state named Iraq! War & Peace
We will not send troops. Germany is not committed to Iraq - we will not commit ourselves with troops.
What will we do in a globalised world? All human beings are equal, so they have the same right to have the same lifestyle-the same social security, jobs, education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You must see the persons who are in charge - persons you can punish or vote for.