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German politics is once again veering to the left. Meanwhile, former foreign minister Joschka Fischer's memoirs are thick on self-regard and thin on historical perspective

By Hugh Williamson   November 2007

Joschka Fischer’s conference call

The event of the season in political Berlin is the publication of the memoirs of ex-foreign minister and über-Green Joschka Fischer. The Red-Green Years: German Foreign Policy from Kosovo to September 11 covers the first part of Fischer’s seven-year term, so the 430-page book is only a first instalment. Back in Berlin after teaching in Princeton for a year, Fischer had fun at October’s launch, making digs at the latest pacifist outbursts from his less-than-beloved Green party, but also promising Berlin’s political class that he was not planning a comeback.

The book itself has received…

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