Sigmar Gabriel is German Minister of Economics and Energy and chairman of theSocial Democrat Party (SPD). He is the vice-chancellor to Angela Merkel in the Germn coalition government.
Sigmar Gabriel, born in 1959, was a teacher before he moved into politics. From 2005 to 2009 he was the Environment Minister in Angela Merkel's first cabinet; hetook over the Social Democrat party leadership in 2009. This page displays recent DW content tagged either to Gabriel, or his SDP.
Just this week, the Chinese government warned companies to avoid quote - irrational - overseas investments as it tries to keep an exodus of capital in check. But now it's looking towards home - China is considering opening up its notoriously restrictive market to more foreign investment.
European Parliament President Martin Schulz is reported to be seeking a move to the corridors of power in Berlin. It's led to speculation he might become the SPD's candidate to stand against Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Tensions have been growing between Germany and China, following Berlin's decision to block the Chinese takeover of a German tech firm. China has accused Germany of protectionism. But Germany's Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel insists his country is an "open market for everybody".
China has tried to quell the concerns of German automakers following Beijing's plans to impose quotas on electric car production. China's premier has also encouraged Germany to push forward with liberalization in trade.