Looks like Joschka Fischer’s visa scandal goes back, waaaay back:
Amid a steep drop in opinion polls due to the scandal before a key regional election in May, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said Mr Fischer knew in 2000 that Ukrainian criminals were possibly among those getting visas for Germany.
But it said Mr Fischer, the chancellor’s most important minister, whose ouster would almost certainly cripple the coalition government, did not respond to repeated police warnings to tighten screening until 2003 after a million Ukrainians got visas. [Emphasis added.]
Whether or not Germany’s pink-green coalition holds, Fischer has got to go.