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Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer, Germany’s foreign minister and vice chancellor from 1998 to 2005, was a leader of the German Green Party for almost 20 years. 

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The new nuclear danger

As someone who was born in 1948, the risk of a nuclear World War III was a very real part of my childhood. That threat — or at least the threat of East and West Germany both being completely destroyed — persisted until the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

August 24, 2017

The French election and Europe’s future

A lot can happen between now and the second round of the French presidential election on May 7, so it is still too early to celebrate.

May 01, 2017

Storm clouds over Korea

Decades after the end of the Korean War and the partition of Korea, the conflict on the Korean Peninsula remains one of the most dangerous and intractable problems of our time. And today it is more dangerous — and seemingly intractable — than ever.

April 06, 2017

Germany in the age of Trump

Donald Trump is now the 45th US president, and in his inaugural address he made it clear to the assembled US establishment that his administration does not intend to pursue business as usual.

January 30, 2017

Europe’s new ‘indispensable nations’

After the shock of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States in 2016, this will be a decisive year for Europe.

January 06, 2017

Goodbye to the West

Now that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, the end of what was heretofore termed the “West” has become all but certain.
December 07, 2016

Revival of nationalism in Europe

In his final address to the European Parliament in 1995, then French President François Mitterrand, whose failing health was evident to all, found the following indelible words to characterize Europe’s great scourge: “Le nationalisme, c’est la guerre!”

November 04, 2016

The West on the brink

This year and next, voters in leading Western democracies will make decisions that could fundamentally change the West — and the world — as we have known it for decades.

October 04, 2016