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SPD leader Gabriel has been appointed as minister of Foreign Affairs

SPD leader Gabriel has been appointed as minister of Foreign Affairs

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Vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel is with immediate effect, the German minister of Foreign Affairs. Federal president Joachim Gauck has the outgoing SPD-chef Friday in Bellevue officially appointed.

State secretary Brigitte Zypries takes over the duties of Gabriel on Economic Affairs. The post in Foreign Affairs was vacant because Frank-Walter Steinmeier on February 12, the new German president.

Gabriel made known this week that he is the struggle with Angela Merkel to the bondskanselierschap spillway to Martin Schulz, the former president of the European parliament. This is Sunday with the election year, presenting during a partijbijeenkomst of the socialists.

Gabriel goes according to the business newspaper Handelsblatt started. He will fly Saturday to France for a consultation with colleague Jean-Marc Ayrault and the middle of next week, he travels to the United States. There are interviews with vice president Mike Pence and his intended American ambtsgenoot Rex Tillerson on the program, as well as a visit to the United Nations.

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