Daniel Marc Cohn-Bendit (born April 4, 1945) is a European politician and was a leader of the student protesters during the May 1968 riots in France. He was also known during that time as "Danny the Red". He is currently co-president of the group European Greens - European Free Alliance in the European Parliament.
In the late Seventies, as many revolutionary movements were petering out, he became editor of the Pflasterstrand, the alternative magazine which served as house organ to the anarchist-oriented Sponti-Szene in Frankfurt. There he begun taking part in eco-struggles against nuclear energy and the expansion of the Frankfurt airport. When the Sponti movement officially accepted parliamentary democracy in 1984, he joined the German Green Party.
In 1988 he published in French Nous l'avons tant aimée, la révolution, a book full of nostalgia for the 1968 counter-culture, and where he announced his shifting for more centrist policies.
In 1989, he became deputy mayor of Frankfurt, in charge of multicultural affairs. Immigrants made up some 30% of the city at that time. He also developed a more tolerant policy towards drug addicts.
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