Sigmar Gabriel

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Sigmar Gabriel
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Vice Chancellor of Germany
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 December 2013
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Philipp Rösler
Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 December 2013
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Philipp Rösler (Economics and Technology)
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
13 November 2009
Preceded by Franz Müntefering
Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
In office
22 November 2005 – 27 October 2009
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Jürgen Trittin
Succeeded by Norbert Röttgen
Prime Minister of Lower Saxony
In office
15 December 1999 – 4 March 2003
Preceded by Gerhard Glogowski
Succeeded by Christian Wulff
Member of the Bundestag
for Salzgitter-Wolfenbüttel
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 18, 2005
Preceded by Wilhelm Schmidt
Personal details
Born (1959-09-12) 12 September 1959 (age 54)
Goslar, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political party Social Democratic Party
Alma mater University of Göttingen

Sigmar Gabriel (born 12 September 1959) is a German politician who has served as Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Vice Chancellor of Germany since 2013. Since 2009 he has been chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).

Life and career[edit]

The son of divorced parents (a public worker and a nurse), Gabriel was a high school teacher by profession before he went into politics.

On 15 December 1999, after the resignation of Gerhard Glogowski, who had succeeded Gerhard Schröder in office, Gabriel became Minister-President of Lower Saxony and served until 4 March 2003. After being voted out of office, he became the SPD's "Representative for Pop Culture and Pop Discourse" from 2003 to 2005, for which he was bestowed the nickname Siggi Pop.[1] From 2005 to 2009 he was the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the first cabinet of Angela Merkel (CDU).

He has promoted the International Renewable Energy Agency. He called the speeches of Thilo Sarrazin, his party colleague who wrote critically about immigration, "verbal violence". Gabriel also once called Israel an "Apartheid-Regime".[2]

Following the SPD's defeat in the federal election of 2009, Franz Müntefering resigned from the position of party chairman of the Social Democratic Party. Gabriel was nominated as his successor and was elected on 13 November 2009.[3] He was re-elected as party chairman for a further two years at the SPD party conference in Berlin on 5 December 2011, receiving 91.6% of the vote.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Gabriel was married to Munise Demirel, with whom he has a daughter, but the couple divorced. He has been in a relationship with dentist Anke Stadler since 2008. They married in a private ceremony in mid-August 2012, four months after their daughter Marie was born. Gabriel took parental leave, during the first months of the child's infancy.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wir sind nicht aus Versehen Opposition?, Die Zeit, 02/07/2010; >2003 wurde Gabriel SPD-Beauftragter für "Popkultur und Popdiskurs" – was ihm den Spitznamen "Siggi Pop" eintrug<
  2. ^ Jerusalem Post 15/03/2012.
  3. ^ Spiegel Online 11/13/2009.
  4. ^ "Wind unter den Flügeln der Sozialdemokratie". Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  5. ^ "SPD-Chef wird Vater mit 52". Retrieved 2012-08-17. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gerhard Glogowski
Prime Minister of Lower Saxony
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Christian Wulff
Preceded by
Jürgen Trittin
Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Norbert Röttgen
Preceded by
Philipp Rösler
Vice Chancellor of Germany
2013–present
Incumbent
Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy
2013–present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Franz Müntefering
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
2009–present
Incumbent