German ex-FM Joschka Fischer quits parliament

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29 August 2006, BERLIN - Germany's former foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, 58, bows out of parliament on Thursday, ending his political career in order to teach at a university in the United States.

29 August 2006

BERLIN - Germany's former foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, 58, bows out of parliament on Thursday, ending his political career in order to teach at a university in the United States.

Fischer has been in the German Bundestag for 14 years, but "from September 1 he will no longer be a member of the lower house," a spokesman for the legislature said Tuesday.

A figurehead of the Greens since the 1980s, he helped change the party from one of protest to a party of government, serving as foreign minister from 1998 to 2005 in former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's centre-left coalition government.

A university drop-out and former leftist street-fighter, Fischer is bound for Princeton University in the United States as a guest professor on diplomacy and international relations.

"You can forget about me coming back. The door is closed and I am locking it and throwing away the key," Fischer said at the end of June when he announced his departure from politics.

"Politics is only something you do for a period of time," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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