Under Gabriel, Germany's SPD sets the pace in Merkel coalition




 
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Under Gabriel, Germany's SPD sets the pace in Merkel coalition
 
January 29th, 2014  
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Under Gabriel, Germany's SPD sets the pace in Merkel coalition
By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's new vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has turned his Social Democrats (SPD) into a driving force in Berlin and so far stolen the headlines from his boss Angela Merkel, still hobbling on crutches after a skiing accident. Determined to push through center-left policies in Europe's biggest economy and boost the SPD's chances of winning the next election in 2017, Gabriel and SPD ministers have set the agenda on issues from pensions to energy and foreign policy. But commentators and even some of Merkel's conservatives say that under Gabriel, the SPD has hit the ground running. "In truth, is Sigmar Gabriel governing us?" asked the top-selling Bild newspaper.




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