Sigmar Gabriel

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The negotiations will surely not be easy for either side. Bad feelings are understandable. For many it is difficult to understand, especially in these turbulent times, how anyone can believe they would be better off alone. But this can't be the basis for defining our future relationship.feedback
Mar 29 2017 Brexit
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Sigmar Gabriel is associated, including Europeans and United States. Most recently, Sigmar Gabriel has been quoted saying: “We must make every effort to persuade Turkey that the path it is on is not the right path, and at the same time keep the channels of communication open.” in the article Erdogan considers reviewing ties with the EU - The Washington Post.
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I think we need to ponder a couple of other aspects, starting with the fact that I do not believe that the security of Europe can be guaranteed solely with defence spending. Most wars and refugee developments that we are currently facing cannot be solved with more spending on equipment, but by protecting people from famine, poverty and war.feedback

In view of the enormous challenges Europe faces, we must not ratchet down our ambitions for the common European project. The EU is far more than an internal market.feedback

The situation of Deniz Yucel throws a spotlight on the fact that Germany, and Turkey and the EU and Turkey, have very different ideas about the application of the basic principles of a constitutional democracy and the value of the freedom of the press.feedback

I have no doubts that the American vice president, and also the defense minister, will do everything to take responsibility within NATO as in the past, and I don't think there is a big argument inside the American government. Since I haven't spoken to him, I can only say what I discussed with Mr. Pence - I did that and there are no doubts there.feedback

All parties will use their influence to implement the agreement of the trilateral contact group from Feb 15. The aim is to have a ceasefire starting from Feb. 20 and to do what has long been agreed but never implemented: To withdraw the heavy weapons from the region, to secure them and enable the OSCE monitors to control where they are kept.feedback

We are taking these people in and integrating them and preventing them going to other parts of the world as 'freedom fighter.feedback

This has been good background on Syria, on how we can resume the talks. That was the aim of today, the road ahead is still long, we all know that, especially those new to the talks, our new American colleague was engaged in the debate, so it bodes well for Geneva.feedback

Everyone was happy that Rex Tillerson was there and took an active part in the discussion. Of course everyone knows, and the United States expressed this through their foreign minister, that we need international cooperation to solve existing crises in the world.feedback

On its own, the regime in Damascus won't conduct any serious negotiations.feedback

Our hand should remain outstretched for respectful cooperation based on … openness, honesty and what our constitutions stand for – freedom, democracy and the rule of law, as well as mutual responsibility.feedback

Both U.S. Vice President Pence and his colleague Tillerson made it clear in the talks that they have a strong interest in a united Europe, that they stand by a transatlantic partnership in NATO.feedback

I think we should all hope there are agreements between Russia and the U.S., not to the detriment of Ukraine or to Europe, but if there is an easing of tensions between these two world powers, then that is good.feedback

The friendship between two nations is far more than thriving cooperation between governments, but without good and trusting relations between both governments, it can't go well.feedback

The world will not wait for us. There are urgent issues on the global agenda about which Germany and America, as well as Europe and America, should be closely coordinating. The friendship between two countries is far more than a beneficial cooperation between governments, but without good and trustworthy relations between those governments, it will not go well.feedback

After Brexit last year, if enemies of Europe manage again in the Netherlands or in France to get results then we face the threat that the largest civilization project of the 20th century, namely the European Union, could fall apart.feedback

We are determined to protect the rights of our citizens and will take rapid action within the European Union about the steps that are now needed.feedback

The United States is a country where Christian traditions have an important meaning. Loving your neighbour is a major Christian value, and that includes helping people. I think that is what unites us in the West, and I think that is what we want to make clear to the Americans.feedback

We in Germany and France have a clear position on the sanctions. We wish to implement the Minsk peace process ... And that is the only way that sanctions can be lifted.feedback

He will run a protectionist and nationalist programme, and we cannot respond in the same way. We need to act by becoming more competitive, investing in our infrastructure, in digitalisation, in education, we simply need to get better. And we need to look for partners who want to achieve those things with us and I believe they exist. When someone shuts doors – and he is shutting doors – others open somewhere else, that I am sure of. Germany should act with self-confidence and not be fearful or servile.feedback

Of course, if the US president starts a trade conflict – I don't want to call it 'trade war' – with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and with China. Of course, we in Europe should tell the ASEAN states and also China and India: 'We have no interest in a trade conflict, we want to be fair partners' – and we have to ask China to reciprocate – but we should take advantage of the opportunities that open up.feedback

The policies of Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schaeuble have no doubt contributed to the deep crises in the European Union since 2008, to the isolation of a dominant German government and, through a relentless insistence on austerity, to high unemployment outside Germany. One consequence has been the strengthening of anti-European populist parties and the damaging of not only democracy but also a good investment climate. The continuation of the current policies comes at the cost of sustainable growth. This is also dangerous for Germany.feedback

If Trump starts a trade war with Asia and South America, it will open opportunities for us. Trump must simply recognise that the U.S. economy often isn't competitive, while the German (economy) is. You can see the weight of our economic interests. Germany should act with self-confidence and not be fearful or servile.feedback

Should the United States start a trade war with China and all of Asia then we as Europeans and Germans are fair partners. Europe and Germany need a strategy geared toward Asia and China and we have new opportunities.feedback

Nationalism and protectionism are not the recipes for greatness.feedback

The US car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren't being built in the US were to suddenly come with a 35 percent tariff. I believe it would make the US car industry weaker, worse and above all more expensive. I would wait and see what the Congress has to say about that, which is mostly full of people who want the opposite of Trump.feedback

It's not the case that the plants will be closed. The question at stake is how can the plants be developed further?feedback

Of course, I can imagine a Red-Red-Green coalition, if it allows the formation of a stable government. But that depends completely on the Linke. They must decide whether they want to govern or remain a radical opposition.feedback

We must set ourselves ambitious goals. Growth capital is still something that we are lacking.feedback

My personal point of view is: We should do everything, as far as this is politically justifiable, to keep the Britons as close as possible to Europe.feedback

This won't be easy. But above all, we must get this done quickly. The uncertainty is the biggest problem.feedback

I am confident that the new segment will make a crucial contribution to there being more stock market listings of young innovative growth firms in Germany again.feedback

We should restart discussions in the WTO even as we are negotiating comprehensive bilateral agreements.feedback

It will on no account be switched off in the next decade - in my opinion not even in the one after that.feedback

I am very pleased that we have made a first, big step, because if Europe were not able to deal with Canada, this would send a difficult signal to the world.feedback

This treaty is good because we will get eventually rules for globalisation. This treaty is good for Europe.feedback

It's clear that we need significantly more investment in education and schools.feedback

If the Americans are not ready to meet at least the standard of CETA, with Canada, then there will be no chance of a deal.feedback

There was a great willingness to sign the agreement in October ... There are still some things to do, but it was a very good debate.feedback

We need to make sure that we don't allow Britain to keep the nice things, so to speak, related to Europe while taking no responsibility.feedback

It doesn't make sense to end talks on such issues - neither with Turkey nor with Russia nor with America.feedback

In my opinion, the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it.feedback

I, we always said that it's inconceivable for Germany to take in a million people every year.feedback

I very much regret this decision because it means there is a looming danger that Tengelmann's assets will be stripped and jobs will be lost. The charge of bias was "absurd.feedback

It could be that some companies move their headquarters to Europe. Frankfurt is already being discussed. But I don't wish that on the Brits at all.feedback

The weight of the EU, but also confidence in the cohesion and the steadfastness of the EU, would diminish dramatically.feedback

The German economy started 2016 on a good footing: industry posted an increase in production, employment is noticeably rising, and higher income of private households is leading to higher private spending. Our task is to use this momentum to invest in education, modern infrastructure and innovation.feedback

Finally, there are concrete steps towards a joint European refugee policy.feedback

We checked if we could take back the foreign trade law approval. But we realised that it was impossible without the agreement of all those ministries of the old administration that gave the war weapons control law approval.feedback

The fact that free visa is only going to be granted when Turkey meets the appropriate European standards is not going to change. And that is not happening at the moment.feedback

It is up to Turkey if there is or there isn't visa liberalisation. Europe should under no circumstances be blackmailed. And we have to consider the fact that a country that is on its way to bring death penalty into force is only distancing itself so drastically from Europe.feedback

In view of the good general conditions such as the low oil price and favourable exchange rate, economic dynamism should really be above present economic growth of 1.7 percent.feedback

If the measures have no impact in the spring, we're moving towards numbers that become difficult.feedback

We believe that instead of one large central facility such as a transit area at the border these entry centers should be set up all over the country as initial reception centres for refugees and waiting areas to carry out entry checks and registrations and to distribute from there.feedback

Why should German taxpayers pay to imprison foreign criminals? The threat of having to spend time behind bars in their home country is far more of a deterrent than a prison sentence in Germany.feedback

With the recent nuclear agreement and the future events, new issues will be raised for Iran and we have developed the basis, both inside and outside the country, to produce security in the Middle East, and I believe it is for the benefit of Iran as well. Developing security in the region and the security of the state of Israel is of significant importance to us.feedback

In Europe we do not need pedantry or bashing each other, but everyone has to try and handle his challenges in the common European interest. We need to maintain our competitiveness in a globalised economy and possibly expand it, so we can maintain our social standards, social security, and continue to successfully master our tasks in culture or in environmental sustainability.feedback

It is completely clear that we reject these investment protection agreements.feedback

There are seven ministers (of the SPD), four woman and three men who will sit at the cabinet table. It starts with Frank-Walter Steinmeier as head of the Foreign Ministry, probably the most high-profile foreign affairs politician.feedback

The party was unable to convince voters on its key competence, which is social justice.feedback

I believe a coalition between us is about change in this country, and also in Europe, taking a different route and thinking about tomorrow; what we want to happen to our children and grandchildren. We need to bring that back into politics. Merkel's coalition do politics without tomorrow.feedback

Twelve state elections without a majority for the chancellor. What we can say today I think is that the Federal election is wide open, dear friends! We will be fighting, we will be using the political concept from lower Saxony nationwide.feedback

Along with Chancellor Merkel, we just agreed on measures for growth and employment in Europe. We made it clear that we need sustainable financial resources for this, such as taxing financial markets.feedback

It's a slap in the face to every honest taxpayer. The money will not flow into the state coffers. It will disappear abroad. That's what Switzerland wanted to arrange, but we will not go along with it.feedback

(Chancellor) Merkel is opening up gaps among the middle class. They are the ones who are interested in getting ahead, education and performance, but who also support social equality, the environment, and consumer protection.feedback

The commission charged with the investigation must check if Herr zu Guttenberg told the truth when he affirmed that the German army leadership did not keep him adequately informed.feedback

One of the possibilities would have been to clarify the financial aspect but we did not agree on this.feedback

I am the candidate for the leadership and all my colleagues who are candidates for other posts in the party are only candidates too.feedback

We need a total open and transparent procedure, and not this hide and seek game and secret diplomacy, that has been performed concerning Gorleben in the past.feedback

In a country as rich as Germany, there cannot be an energy shortage. This also must be the goal of our climate policy.feedback

The exact causes are not clear yet, electric utilities have to analyse these, but it shows it's necessary to invest more into the development of the networks. That's one of the utilities' duties and I think there's a considerable backlog demand problem here.feedback

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