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.
Tempers were running high in Berlin as German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel met with his Turkish counterpart amid a diplomatic row. Gabriel hopes talks will "bring us step by step back to a better relationship."
The German foreign minister has cast doubt on NATO nations' agreement to spend to 2 percent of GDP on defense. The Trump administration has pressured allies to boost spending or witness only a "moderate" US commitment.
The co-chief of the Greens has accused Germany's government of complying with the Turkish regime's crackdown on liberties. Cem Özdemir also says Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel needs to stop deportations to Afghanistan.
Sigmar Gabriel has applauded the "active [role]" taken by his US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, at a G20 ministers meeting. The German foreign minister also took the opportunity to discuss European defense spending.
Top diplomats from around the globe took measure of new US Secretary of State Tillerson on his first major international trip. Paris said it was worried by a US step back for a two-state solution in the Middle East.