In my new book, Le retour de l’Histoire, I try to understand what began with the end of the Cold War. It was not only the end of the Yalta system but also the end of the State system whose modern version appeared in Europe in 1648. That was what got my interest. I also added my impressions, fruit of my practical experience as Foreign Affairs Minister. It is also a response to Francis Fukuyama’s vision of the Cold War and the “end of history”. I feel history is returning. The recent events in Europe and the rejection of the Constitution prove it once more. It is a long and winding road and we can not avoid history. This book is not the end but an effort to draw the main guidelines that rule the international system, aimed at people concerned about foreign policy. I am not going to fight to remain in my post. It is not over until the last whistle.
We ratified the Constitution in Germany and in other nine countries but we need the support to be unanimous. I criticized the referendum but these debates are over. We have to analyze the consequences. For me, it is clear that many things lie ahead of Europe linked to domestic policy or to globalization. We have not accepted that it is a reunification of Europe that we did not choose but that was defined by the events of 1989-1990. The Europeans sometimes need crises that they later manage to resolve. I work hard so that elections take place as they should and I would be a fool if I thought otherwise. Surveys are not favorable right now but I do not have any reason to resign myself, on the contrary.

Die Welt (Germany)

« Für mich wird die Welt nicht untergehen », by Joschka Fischer, Die Welt, June 10, 2005. Text adapted from an interview.