Here is the Foreign Ministry, not far from the Reichstag. The current foreign minister is Joschka Fischer of the Green party. Fischer joined the Bundestag in the eighties while the Greens were still a rebellious anti-system party, and he showed his disregard for the traditions of the Bundestag by wearing sneakers to the first session, violating dress code. Other Greens brought in plants and dressed casually, and were seen as a dangerous extremist party by many, especially conservatives. Fischer led a faction of the Greens called the "Realos" who fought against the "Fundis." The Realos wanted pragmatic compromises to make the Greens a potential governing force, while the fundis wanted to stick to an opposition to capitalism and a focus on environmentalism and pacifism. The Realos won, and Fischer is now not only a respected suit and tie diplomat, but also the most popular politician in Germany. In the sixties he was a rebel and a street fighter. Still, people even on the Right respect his recognition of the need to compromise and see the grey in situations, even as he remains dedicated to principle. Fischer steered the Greens away from radical pacifism in the mid nineties. Their earlier cry was "nie wieder Krieg" (no more war), and he noted that after seeing the human rights tragedies in Bosnia "nie wieder Auschwitz" (no more Auschwitzes) was just as important a principle.
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