Sigmar Gabriel was Germany’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2017-18 and Vice Chancellor. Gabriel took over the Foreign Ministry in 2017, gaining popularity but also clashing repeatedly with fellow SPD leaders. He played an important role in securing the release of Deniz Yücel, a German journalist held in a Turkish prison for more than a year.
Gabriel is a supporter of the Campaign for the Establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation which campaigns for democratic reformation of the UN, and the creation of a more accountable international political system. He argued the UN needed to be made “more effective, transparent, and democratic through a reform of its structures and decision-making procedures”.
Gabriel is a qualified grammar school teacher and from 1987-90 he worked as an adult vocational training teacher. In 1977 Gabriel has become a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, becoming its chairman from 2009-17. After several different positions within his party in Lower Saxony, Gabriel became Prime Minister of the State of Lower Saxony from 1999-2003.
From 2005-09 Gabriel was Federal Minister of the Environment and from 2013-17 he became Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. He was Vice Chancellor of Germany from 2013-18 then becoming Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2017.
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