The term fundamentalists ( coll: from fundamentalists ) was used as intra-party battle cry in the Green Party in the 1980s and early 1990s. As fundamentalists, the flow of realists to Joschka Fischer described their inner-party opponents, which were critical in contrast to the realists government participation. These identified themselves as radical ecologists ( Ditfurth ). The party left to Rainer Trampert and Thomas Ebermannsdorf, which partly came from the Communist federation or the anti-revisionist wing of the Young Socialists, described themselves as eco-socialists. Later the term came into common usage, calling all those within the Green Party, representing the system-critical, anti-capitalist and pacifist positions or principles such as the separation of office and mandate and the rotation principle firmly held.
For the first time the concept of the disputes within the National Union of Greens in Hesse was needed to ensure cooperation with the SPD after the state elections in 1982. The Greens coated with 8.0 % of the votes in the state legislature, in which neither the SPD nor the CDU had their own majority. In their state election program The Greens had announced a " fundamental opposition to the hostile and undemocratic policies of the SPD, CDU and FDP ." Those who refused therefore a coalition with the SPD, were referred to as fundamentalists. From the intra-party disputes, the realists were the winners. One perennial tolerating a SPD minority government followed on 12 December 1985 the formation of a first state government involving the Greens. Environment Minister Joschka Fischer was.
On its Federal Assembly on 22-23. June 1985 in Hagen presented the Greens for the first time on a Federal Assembly noted that they also hold a participation in government at the federal level possible:
"Compared with parts of the fundamentalist wing, the Federal Assembly to For THE GREEN the whole range of possibilities of the parliamentary opposition to the one-party government is one of the obvious action of our parliamentary work. A voluntary restriction on opposition we reject ... Across parts of the real political wing, the Federal Assembly noted: The pursuit of power by almost any price as alleged fate question the GREEN ... is not acceptable for aiming at fundamental change in the company policy of the Greens ".
In the late 1980s, a part of the party left went inside the Green, who did not rule out a government involvement in the Left Forum on distance to a refusal of government participation, including some who later became Minister of State at the Foreign Office Ludger Volmer and later chief editor of the New Germany, Jurgen Reents.
Prominent representatives of the eco-socialists to Rainer Trampert and Thomas Ebermannsdorf left in 1990, the party, the circle of radical ecologists to Ditfurth 1991. A common organization did not come here about, in start-ups such as the Ecological left or the alternatives list in Hamburg, organized only a minority of previous fundamentalists, others went to the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS ). Many left Green to 1989-1991 involved in the concrete initiated by the magazine, but ultimately futile attempt with the Radical Left a new left radical collection project with other forces (United Socialist Party ( VSP), part of the autonomous, Communist League (KB ) etc to call. ) to life.
In the present day the name Fundi lost in the intra-party conflicts of Alliance 90/The Greens in importance because government participation is in principle no longer controversial, have lost principles such as the separation of office and mandate or the rotation in importance and fundamentalists in the original sense are no longer represented perceptible in the party.
In contrast, the name Fundi with analogous meaning as in the Greens appeared now to describe an intra-party wing of the party on the left. The term fundamentalism is often used in political discussions with a different meaning.