by Jerome a Paris
Tue Sep 20th, 2005 at 11:24:06 AM EST
Joschka Fischer to return to back benches
BERLIN - Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer announced Tuesday after the German government's weekend election defeat he would not seek a prominent parliamentary role in his Greens party beyond serving as an ordinary member of the Bundestag.
"I am not seeking any leading position, and the new leadership of the party has my full support," an emotional Fischer said, describing his step as a major break.
In what was seen as a message to Schroeder, who has said he wants to continue in office, despite securing fewer seats than the Christian Democrats, Fischer said: "There is no doubt that we do not have a majority."
He added that he could see no way forward to a new coalition under Schroeder.
Over at A fistful of Euros
, Alex Harrowell comments on the same news and interprets it as a sign that there will be a grand coalition.
Could it mean that a coalition with the Left Party is being made possible by the retreat of those leaders most hostile to it (as was Fischer) or is that wishful thinking?